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1912

County Louth People who opposed Home Rule.

According to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) the archive of the Ulster Unionist Council, held by PRONI, contains just under half a million original signatures and addresses of the men who, on 28 September 1912, signed the Ulster Covenant, and of the women who signed the parallel Declaration. In total, the Covenant was signed by 237,368 men, and the Declaration by 234,046 women.

Besides the province of Ulster many of those who signed resided elsewhere in Ireland and abroad. In the case of County Louth the Covenant could be signed in Dundalk and in Ballymascanlan Parish Church. But some residents signed elsewhere. In addition it is possible others, because of their occupation or profession such as British army personnel, could not sign such a declaration.
One of the genealogical values, however, of such a record is that for some it gave both a former and a current  address.
 

More information on this record, its background and aftermath, can be found on PRONI website at http://www.proni.gov.uk
 

The wording to the Ulster Covenant signed by men only was:

        'Being convinced in our consciences that Home Rule would be disastrous to the material well-being of Ulster as well as of the whole of Ireland, subversive of our civil and religious freedom, destructive of our citizenship, and perilous to the unity of the Empire, we whose names are underwritten, men of Ulster, loyal subjects of His Gracious Majesty King George V., humbly relying on the God whom our fathers in days of stress and trial confidently trusted, do hereby pledge ourselves in solemn Covenant, throughout this our time of threatened calamity, to stand by one another in defending, for ourselves and our children, our cherished position of equal citizenship in the United Kingdom, and in using all means, which may be found necessary to defeat the present conspiracy to set up a Home Rule Parliament in Ireland.  And in the event of such a parliament been forced upon us, we further solemnly and mutually pledge ourselves to refuse to recognize its authority.
In sure confidence that God will defend the right, we hereby subscribe our names.
         And further, we individually declare that we have not already signed this Covenant.'

 

That signed by women only read:

        'We, whose names are underwritten, women of Ulster, and loyal subjects of our gracious King, being firmly persuaded that Home Rule would be disastrous to our Country, desire to associate ourselves with the men of Ulster in their uncompromising opposition to the Home Rule Bill now before Parliament, whereby it is proposed to drive Ulster out of her cherished place in the constitution of the United Kingdom, and to place her under  the domination and control of a Parliament in Ireland.
            Praying that from this calamity God will save Ireland, we hereto subscribe our names.'


 

Among those who signed, where County Louth address (i.e. postal) is given, were the following:
 

Surname Forename(s) Address Parliamentary Division
(or per PRONI)
District
(or Per PRONI)
Place of Signing
(or per PRONI)
Agent per PRONI
Adams Annie Beaulieu, Drogheda Dublin Dublin Not Recorded Not Recorded
Adams James Stapleton Place, Dundalk Not Recorded Not Recorded Not Recorded Not Recorded
Alexander David St. Nicholas Inst., Dundalk (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) Not recorded
Anderson Robert Mountpleasant, Dundalk North Louth Ballymascanlan Ballymascanlan Parish Church Not recorded
Anderson? J. Born Co. Louth - Colin?;
{about 20 years resident in
Ulster (Belfast); & 5 Broad Park Avenue, Ilfracombe}
(Barnstaple, England) (West) (Exeter, Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Torquay) Smith, J.A.
Armstrong J. H. 21 Castle Road, Dundalk
(& 13 Little Brunswick St.,
Belfast)
North Louth Dundalk Dundalk (LOL 1617) Not recorded
Benson Willie Tully, Louth (Co. Louth?) South Fermanagh Lisnaskea Parochial Hall, Lisnaskea Thomas Beresford
Bloomer Richard Ballymascanlan, Dundalk North Louth Ballymascanlan Ballymascanlan Parish Church Not recorded
Bothwell? Emma Stapleton Place, Dundalk East Belfast Strandtown Strandtown Hall
and Belmont (Presbyterian)
Church
John E. S. Edwards
Bradley Samuel Corbollis, Ardee North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Bradley William Castletown Rd, Dundalk
(& Erin Terrace, Belfast)
North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Brogden? Thos. Wm. Edwin Drogheda (South Belfast?) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) Not recorded
Carlisle Robert Dublin St., Dundalk East Down Killough Killough Hugh Finlay
Clarke Arthur Hayenstown, Dundalk Not Recorded Not Recorded Not Recorded Not Recorded
Colville M. Stapleton Pl., Dundalk North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Coyne W. J. Castle Rd., Dundalk North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Cruden Catherine Boyne Terrace, Drogheda Belfast (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) Old Town Hall
(City Hall)
Not recorded
Cunningham A. G. 48 Broughton St, Dundalk North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Dalzell Andrew Drogheda Mid. Armagh Keady ? Keady ? W. J. Greer
Davidson Henry C. 32 Clanbrassil St., Dundalk (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) Not recorded
Dobbin Rhoda M. E. Drummalla House, Omeath (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) Not recorded
Donnan H. H. 14 Wellington Place, Dundalk North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Doran William Wellington Place, Dundalk
(& Castlecaulfield,
Co. Tyrone)
Dundalk
(or South Belfast?)
(Saint Anne's?) (City Hall) Not recorded
Fegan Wm Shamerock Bar, Dundalk (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) Not recorded
Fitzgerald Augustine Ravensdale, Co Louth North Louth Ballymascanlan Ballymascanlan Parish Church Not recorded
Ford A. Lockett
(? Canon of St. Patricks)
The Rectory, Ardee Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded
French Cissie Rathgeenan, Ardee South Monaghan Castleblaney Homes about Carrickmacross Mrs Brownlow
French Jane Rathgeenan, Ardee South Monaghan Castleblaney Homes about Carrickmacross Mrs Brownlow
French John Rathgeenan, Ardee South Monaghan Castleblaney Carrickmacross Homes Mrs Brownlow
Gilbert Jeanie M. Seatown Place, Dundalk (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (Broadway Presbyterian
Church)
Mrs Henry
Gray Marget Ravensdale, Dundalk Newry & South Down Newry Orange Hall, Newry Melvin Orr
Gray Richard Ravensdale, Dundalk Newry & South Down Newry Orange Hall, Newry William Orr
Grey John R. Mountpleasant, Co Louth North Louth Ballymascanlan Ballymascanlan Parish Church Not recorded
Grey John Wm. Mountpleasant, Co Louth North Louth Ballymascanlan Ballymascanlan Parish Church Not recorded
Guilfoyle Robert W. Lisnawillie, Dundalk (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) T. H. Witherow BA
Hanna Eva F. Crossmaglen, Dundalk Mid. Armagh Armaghbrague Armaghbrague
Pres. Church
George Kane
Hanna Louise S. Crossmaglen, Dundalk Mid. Armagh Armaghbrague Armaghbrague
Pres. Church
George Kane
Hanna Margaret Crossmaglen, Dundalk Mid. Armagh Armaghbrague Armaghbrague
res. Church
George Kane
Hanna Oswald J L Crossmaglen, Dundalk South Armagh Newtownhamilton Newtownhamilton
(The Lecture Hall?)
Mr. Alan Ardis
Hanna W S Crossmaglen, Dundalk South Armagh Newtownhamilton Newtownhamilton
(The Lecture Hall?)
Mr. Alan Ardis
Harbron Mary Louisa Railway Cottage Drogheda Mid. Tyrone Omagh Unionist Rooms P. Cruickshank
Hart John Bellurgan, Ballymascanlon North Louth Ballymascanlan Ballymascanlan Parish Church Not recorded
Harvey James Boyd Long Avenue, Dundalk North Monaghan Monaghan Monaghan Forster Dunwoody
Henry John Seatown, Dundalk Dundalk
(or South Belfast?)
(Saint Anne's?) (City Hall) Not recorded
Hepburn Eliza Jane Collon, Co. Louth Kilmarnock Burgh
(Scotland)
Dumbarton Orange Hall
(Church Street)
S. G. Smith
Hill Howard 4 Faughart Terrace, Dundalk (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) Not recorded
Hughes J. R. Carrick Road?, Dundalk (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) Not recorded
Hughes L.? Chapel Lane, Dundalk
(or Dee St., Belfast)
North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Hughes William H. 9 Brunswick Row, Dundalk North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Hullah Arthur V. 32 Clanbrassil St., Dundalk Not Recorded Not Recorded Not Recorded Not Recorded
Hutchinson J. Signalman, Dundalk (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) Not recorded
Jackson J Bachelors Walk, Dundalk North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Johnston Thos 5 Demense Tce, Dundalk North Armagh Portadown Town Hall Mr J. N. A. Wilson
Jones Fred. G Mount Av., Dundalk (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) T. H. Witherow BA
Kemy? Alexander Dunleer, Co. Louth North Belfast Duncairn  Forttwillliam ?
Church Lecture Hall
J. Mabinquin 
Kenny (B.A.) F. Carlingford, Co Louth Newry & South Down Newry Orange Hall William Orr
King David Wellington Place, Dundalk
(& Edward St., Armagh)
Dundalk
or South Belfast?)
(Saint Anne's?) (City Hall) Not recorded
Knox S. B. Seatown Place, Dundalk
(or Railway St., Lurgan))
Dundalk
(or South Belfast?)
(Saint Anne's?) (City Hall) Not recorded
Liston John Mary St,. Dundalk North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
McAlester Alexander Broughton Street Dundalk
(& Leiburn?, Kilkeel,
Co. Down)
Dundalk
(or South Belfast?)
(Saint Anne's?) (City Hall) Not recorded
McAlester Maggie Dundalk South Down Kilkeel Mourne
Lecture Hall
Miss Janey Shannon
McAlister William Plaister, Mount Pleasant
P. O., Dundalk
North Fermanagh Belleek Rossharbour James Johnston, junior.
McCandliss John Campbell Four Lodge, Omeath,
Co. Louth
(South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (Old Town Hall) Not recorded
McClenahan J. Barrack Street, Dundalk North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
McComb William R. Demesne, Castletown Rd.,
Dundalk (&? Tandragee)
North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
McCormac Robert Drogheda (in Co Louth?
or a street)
North Armagh Portadown Town Hall Mr. J. N. A. Wilson
McDowell Ernest Mullaharlin, Dundalk Not Recorded Not Recorded Not Recorded Not Recorded
McElderry John Henry Drogheda (Co Louth?) (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) Not recorded
McFeat Richard 3 Brook Street, Dundalk (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) Not recorded
McGowan William Mt. Hamilton, Dundalk (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) Not recorded
McKee Clara A. 41 Richmond Grove East,
Longsight ?. (A. Brown,
Clohogue Hill, Crossmaglen, Dundalk, Ireland)
Various Manchester 20 Bryenuse St,
Man.
H. Crowe
McKee Margaret 41 Richmond Grove East,
Longsight ?. (A. Brown,
Clohogue Hill, Crossmaglen
Dundalk, Ireland)
Various Manchester 20 Bryenuse St,
Man.
H. Crowe
McKeever Jane Syddan House, Ardee North Down Bangor Dufferin
(Memorial) Hall
Miss Murren
McKenny Fred. Lisnawilly, Dundalk North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Milling Agnes A. Kinedar, Dundalk North Antrim Portrush [The Skating?]
Rink, Portrush
Douglas F. Scott
Montgomery Geo.  Joseph 11 Kincora Tce., Dundalk East Down Killough Killough Hugh Finlay
Montgomery Thomas 32 Clanbrassil St., Dundalk (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) Not recorded
Moore William John Long Avenue, Dundalk,
Co Louth
North Belfast (Clifton) Cliftonville
Unionist Club
Hugh G. Skimin
Moorhead William 32 Clanbrassil St., Dundalk (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) Not recorded
Morrow George 2 Brrok [Brook?], Street,
Dundalk
North Armagh Seagoe? Churchyard? T. J. Atkinson
Morton Thos. Dundalk North Monaghan Clones Orange Hall,
Clones
F. Patterson
Neill Benjamin Bachelors Walk, Dundalk Dundalk
(or South Belfast?)
(Saint Anne's?) (City Hall) Not recorded
Neville E. V.? 1 Broughton St., Dundalk (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) Not recorded
Neville Robert Ballymascanlan, Dundalk North Louth Ballymascanlan Ballymascanlan Parish Church Not recorded
Noblett William Drogheda,  Co Meath Bridgeton (Scotland: Edinburgh) (Bridgeton) 24 West Street, Ralton? William Hindman
Orr Elizabeth Clemont Park, Dundalk Dublin Dublin Not Recorded Not Recorded
Parkes Katie Bawn House, Omeath Dublin Dublin Not Recorded Not recorded
Parks William Omeath South Down Warrenpoint Warrenpoint John Robb
Power Alexander C. 32 Clanbrassil St., Dundalk (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) Not recorded
Reeves Norman V. 36 Bridge St., Dundalk North Louth   Dundalk Not recorded
Rennie John Blackrock, Dundalk Mid. Tyrone Omagh Mountjoy Pres. Church James Williamson
Rice Alfred 38 Dublin Street, Dundalk North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Rowe John 2 Lisnawilley Road, Dundalk (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) (City Hall) T. H. Witherow BA
Sadlier Edith Corstown, Ardee South Monaghan Castleblaney Home. Carrickmacross Mrs Brownlow
Sadlier Margaret Corstown, Ardee South Monaghan Castleblaney Home. Carrickmacross Mrs Brownlow
Scott D. H. 2 Demense Tce., Dundalk Newry & South Down Newry Orange Hall,
Newry
William Orr
Sholdis James 54 Castle Rd, Dundalk
(& 97 Enfield St., Belfast)
North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Sholdis John 54 Castle Rd., Dundalk
(& 97 Enfield St., Belfast)
North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Stevenson Hugh Collon House (? Co. Louth) Derry City Londonderry YMCA Not recorded
Stewart John Drogheda England: Bury Manchester 104 Walmerdy
Road, Bury
Not recorded
Swann Henry B. The Rectory  Omeath,
Co Louth
South Down Warrenpoint Warrenpoint William H. Pedlow
Tierny William Ballymascanlan North Louth Ballymascanlan Ballymascanlan Parish Church Not recorded
Tuke C. 40 Dublin St., Dundalk North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617))
Not recorded
Woods James Chapel Lane, Dundalk.
(Gamble St, Belfast)
North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Wykes Alfred No. 2 St Helena, Dundalk Belfast (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) City Hall T. H. Witherow BA
Wykes George No. 2 St Helena, Dundalk Belfast (South Belfast) (Saint Anne's) City Hall T. H. Witherow BA

The following, who signed in Dundalk, gave an address outside County Louth:

Surname Forename(s) Address Parliamentary Division (or per PRONI) District (or Per PRONI) Place of Signing
(or per PRONI)
Agent per PRONI
Crozier James Edward Mintlone, Scarva, Co. Down Dundalk (or South Belfast?) (Saint Anne's?) (City Hall) Not recorded
Bosomworth William Tandragee, Co Armagh North Louth Dundalk Dundalk Not recorded
Bradley William J. 25 Erin Terrace Belfast North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Coleman Samuel 35 Donegall Avenue, Belfast North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Duddy Robert J. Armagh North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Dunbar Saml A, 256 Donegall Road, Belfast North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Fulton Victor Strabane, Co Tyrone North Louth Dundalk Dundalk Not recorded
Kennedy Thomas Frances Loughgall, Co Armagh North Louth Dundalk Dundalk Not recorded
McAlister Benjamin Newry, Co. Down
(Place of birth?)
North Louth Dundalk Dundalk Not recorded
McCleery John 16 Harcourt St.,
Antrim Rd., Belfast
North Louth Dundalk Dundalk Not recorded
McComb Samuel Jonesboro,  Newry,
Co. Armagh
North Louth Dundalk Dundalk Not recorded
McCullagh Hugh 1558 Portadown North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
McWilliams George Ballybay, Co Monaghan North Louth Dundalk Dundalk Not recorded
Murray? A. M.? Ballynahinch, Co Down North Louth Dundalk Dundalk Not recorded
Stewart R. J.? 1 Scarva St., Banbridge North Louth Dundalk Dundalk
(LOL 1617)
Not recorded
Wilson John Newry North Louth Dundalk Dundalk Not recorded
Wilson Joseph E. Cappy, Bailieborough,
Co. Cavan
North Louth Dundalk Dundalk Not recorded

 


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