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From: Ruth McLaughlin <>
Subject: Re: FER-GOLD Protestant reaction to 1829 Emanicpation
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2009 20:31:48 -0400
I assume, Ray, that the impact of the "push" out would have varied depending
on the relative population strengths of Protestants and Catholic in a given
location. Perhaps in Fermanagh with powers that be, like the Protestant Earl
of Enniskillen, and the proximity of Florence Court there might not have
been as much push for Protestants to leave Fermanagh? I would like to hear
the views on this from Fermanagh-GOLD subscribers with a greater grasp of
the 'big picture' of Fermanagh history than I.
In contrast, as Brad Bradfield pointed out, in Leitrim "especially in
remoter areas or in areas where Protestants were outnumbered, felt
threatened and vulnerable... [the post-1829 violence] led to emigration in
mid to late 1832 from Leitrim to Canada." Likewise, I think I suddenly see
clarification of a comparable situation in Sligo, between about 1830-1832.
Near Skreen, a whole line of a Catholic family converted during the
so-called 'New' or 'Second Reformation'; perhaps, no longer feeling
comfortable enough to remain in the predominantly Catholic population, that
whole line of a family then emigrated to Upper Canada.
On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 7:07 PM, Ray <> wrote:
> Hello Ruth.
> Thank you so much for posting this note. I had not picked up on that
> comment of Barry's (unusual, as I try to read every one of his informative
> messages VERY thoroughly); and you have opened my eyes to a whole new set
> thoughts about the "push" part of the push and pull effects in migration,
> regarding Fermanagh emigration.
> Very grateful to you for this.
> Regards: Ray in oz
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ruth McLaughlin" <>
> ... The Irish Protestant reaction to the 1829 Catholic Relief Act is of
> > particular interest to me since this Catholic emancipation seems to
> > have led to Protestant emigration from some parts of Ireland to
> > America and Australia in the years immediately surrounding it. I
> > wonder about Fermanagh. I'd appreciate hearing about good online (and
> > otherwise) sources on this topic of emancipation causing emigration.
> > Barry Bradfield referred to it in a post a few months ago about why so
> > many Protestants left Leitrim in 1832 when he said:
> > "The migration of 1832...was as a result of Catholic Emancipation in
> > 1829. In 1831/1832 there were riots etc in Leitrim due to certain
> > murders of Catholics of which many swore that they had seen Militia
> > rifles used and that the projectile was of a calibre only used by the
> > Militia [militia members being largely Protestant]...."
> ... I'll condense some intro here and and the rest of it can be read
> > at: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/axhsk5/macken.htm
> ... For the details of the event itself, the different versions of the
> > goings-on, and its results, go to:
> > http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/axhsk5/macken.htm
> > Ruth (Ottawa)
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