The Ulster Plantation in the Counties of Armagh and Cavan 1608-41

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Born in County Meath, Robert John Hunter was educated at Wesley College and Trinity College, Dublin. After graduation he began his extensive and all-consuming research on the Ulster Plantation. Through his meticulous research he gained an encyclopaedic knowledge of his subject acquiring a reputation as one of the great experts on this seminal event in Irish history.

Published for the first time is Bob Hunter’s MLitt dissertation 'The Ulster Plantation in the Counties of Armagh and Cavan 1608-41, a fascinating study of two counties that were an integral part of the Plantation of Ulster.

In his penetrating analysis of the impact of Plantation in Armagh and Cavan, R.J. Hunter demonstrates his mastery of the sources, his eye for detail and his succinctness of presentation. Hunter's command of his subject - in places magisterial - was grounded on a strong chronological foundation, in which each development was located in its proper time and place.

The depth of understanding that Hunter brings to these and other aspects of plantation society is matched by the depth of the archival research that underpins it.

Foreword by David Edwards

  1. Introduction
    1 The plantation scheme
    2 Historical background
    A. Armagh, 1543-1610
    B. Cavan, c. 1550-1610
  2. The beginnings of Plantation, 1610-13
    1 Allocation of land and grantees
    2 The first year
    3 Carew's survey
    4 Friction in Armagh between servitors and undertakers
    5 Disputes and Concealments
    6 Bodley's survey, 1613
    7 Aspects of the native Irish reaction
  3. Development of the Plantation, 1614-19
    1 Introduction
    2 Granting of concealments, surrenders and regrants
    3 Irish unrest, 1615-16
    4 Government policy, 1615-18
    5 Pynnar's survey
  4.  Progress and Problems, 1614-19
    1 Military aspects
    2 The inquiry of 1622
    3 The natives' inquiry, 1623-4
  5. The Colony in a Period of Emergency, 1625-32
    1 Tension and concession
    2 The regranting of estates, 1628-32
    3 Population, c. 1630
  6. The Plantation Under Wentworth's Administration, 1634-41
    1 Wentworth's policy to 1637
    2 The commission for defective titles in Armagh and Cavan
    3 Ownership of British land, c. 1633-41
    4 Law and Order
    5 Ulster settlers and the downfall of Wentworth
  7. The Native Irish and The Plantation
    1 Wentworth's policy to 1637
    2 The fortunes of the Irish grantees
    3 The position of the landless Irish
  8. Towns
    1 Introduction
    2 Corporations in counties Armagh and Cavan
    A. Armagh
    B. Charlemont
    C. Mountnorris and Tandragee
    D. Cavan
    E. Virginia
    F. Belturbet
    3 Some other towns and villages
    A. Lurgan
    B. Markethill
    4 Conclusion
  9. Rural Conditions
    1 Rents, land values, incomes, and produce
    2 Tenants
    3 The effects on the landscape
    4 Fairs and markets
  10. The Church
    1 Initial problems and reorganisation
    2 The inquiry of 1622
    3 Financial and other problems
    4 The policy of Wentworth and Bramhall
  11. The Estates of Trinity College, Dublin, in Armagh
    1 Extent of lands and leasing arrangments, 1610-14
    2 Tenure and profits of lands, 1614-18
    3 Problems of the landlord, 1617-32
    4 The lands in Armagh, 1618-41
    5 The administration of the estate
    6 Conclusion
  12. The Estates of the Archbishopric in Armagh
    1 Introduction
    2 Extent of lands, and government policy to 1634
    3 Leasing policy and profits of the lands in Armagh to 1634
    4 State intervention and re-leases
    5 The administration of the estate
    6 Conclusion
  13. Conclusion
    1 Statistical
    2 Success and failure

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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