The Ulster Port Books 1612-15

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  • Author(s)
  • Editor(s)
    R.J. Hunter
  • Publication Date
    October 2012
  • Publisher
    Ulster Historical Foundation
  • Format
    Paperback
  • ISBN
    978-1-908448-95-8
  • Page Count
    128pp
  • Dimensions
    297mm x 210mm
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The Early seventeenth-century port books for Londonderry, Coleraine, Carrickfergus and the Lecale ports are an underrated source which have been underutilised by historians of the early seventeenth century. As Robert Hunter himself highlighted, they can be used to establish the character of the merchant class of the emerging plantation towns and the incipient commercialisation which was one of the characteristics of plantation. They can also be used, as names are gradually identified, to indicate the hinterlands of the Ulster ports, for example, Strabane merchants trading through Derry. The commodities exported illuminate the plantation economy; the enormous range of imports indicates that Ulster participated in the contemorary consumer society. The port books also provide fairly accurate information about the places of origin of the ships that traded with Ulster and indicate the size of local Ulster merchant fleets. This edition of Robert Hunter's transcription of the Ulster Port Books -  furthers our knowledge and understanding of trade and society during this turbulent period of resettlement.

R. J. Hunter

Robert John (Bob) Hunter was born in rural Meath in 1938 and was educated atWesleyCollegeandTrinityCollege,Dublin. After graduation in 1960, he began research on the Ulster Plantation in the counties ofArmaghand Cavan, 1608-41. This interest in thePlantation, and early modern Irish history generally, was to dominate his life.

In 1963 he was appointed Assistant Lecturer in History atMageeCollege, thus beginning an association with the city ofDerrythat was to continue for the rest of his life. The creation of what was to become theUniversityofUlsteralso saw him teaching regularly in Coleraine.

Through his meticulous research, he developed an encyclopedia knowledge of his subject, traversing such themes as the development of towns, the role of the English planters, the history of trade and migration and the intellectual and cultural life ofUlstermore generally.

Though his untimely death in 2007 was to cut short his ambitions for further writing, he was nevertheless to leave behind more than thirty articles, essays, reviews, etc., which were the result of painstaking study conducted with a careful eye for detail and relevance.

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