The Charter Towns of Ulster

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"In the early 1600s, some forty towns throughout Ireland received charters of incorporation, around half of which were located in Ulster. The conferral of these charters marked the beginning of formal municipal government in these towns. The granting of so many charters almost simultaneously was unprecedented in Ireland’s history, and was in part a product of the Ulster Plantation.

This period of critical importance in Irish urbanisation was to alter permanently the island’s social and geographical landscape. Virtually all of the sites chosen had been important places, both in the ecclesiastical and Gaelic worlds, and the legacy of the incorporated towns and their charters remains with us to this day.

In 2013 the Ulster Historical Foundation was commissioned by MAGUS to carry out research into the granting of the Ulster charters and to produce an exhibition and accompanying literature. This article looks at some of the main features of that study"

Brendan Scott

Brendan Scott (Ph.D.) has written and edited a number of books and articles on religion and society in early modern Ireland, including Religion and reformation in the Tudor diocese of Meath (2006), Cavan 1609–53: plantation, war and religion (2007) and most recently prepared for publication Robert Hunter’s edition of The Ulster Port Books, 1612–15 (2012). He has lectured at NUI Maynooth and was research officer at Cavan County Museum, 2006–09.

Dr William Roulston

Dr William Roulston has been the Research Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation since 2006.

His books include The parishes of Leckpatrick and Dunnalong: their place in history (2000), Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors (2005), and Restoration Strabane, 1660-1714 (2007).

Philip Robinson

Ulster-Scots enthusiasts Philip Robinson is the author of Ulster-Scots: a Grammar of the Traditional Written and Spoken Language.

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