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Irish Politics in the Era of the Morpeth Roll
The Morpeth Roll was created in 1841 as a public tribute to George William Frederick Howard, Lord Morpeth, on his departure from Ireland after six years as Irish Chief Secretary. Signed by over 170,000 people, the roll demonstrated the popularity of both the man himself and the reforming Whig government in which he served.
This exhibition brings together materials from Queen’s Special Collections and private collections to illustrate the political context in which the Roll was created. It features materials relating to the Irish political leader Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847), who was allied to the Whig government in 1835-41 and strongly endorsed
the Morpeth testimonial roll. O’Connell’s campaign for the Repeal of the Union aroused strong opposition from many Irish Protestants and his visit to Belfast in 1841 caused great controversy.
This exhibition is hosted by Special Collections and Archives and the School of History and Anthropology in association with the Naughton Gallery. The Symposium is organised in assoication with the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies.