This study reveals how the Irish-born, and their offspring, in one 19th century British city came to define and understand their "Irishness" through political action. It proposes that the organization and representation of "Irishness" in Glasgow (and, by extension, Scotland) eventually led to a secular, even a radical 'fusion' of loyalties, detailing how the Glasgow Irish elaborated a secular sense of "Irishness" from the time of Daniel O'Connell onwards. Based on extensive research, this work aims to amplify the non-native reader's knowledge of the origins of the Glasgow Irish, through emphasizing the importance of Ulster connections, and to contribute to the ongoing debate on the nature of Irish political identity in urban Britain and USA.
Dr. Terence McBride is a Lecturer in History at Bell College, Hamilton, Scotland.
Preface by W. Hamish Fraser; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Note to the Reader; Introduction; 1 Irish Politics in Early Nineteenth Century Glasgow; 2 Irish Popular Politics, the Clergy and 'Fenian Fever'; 3 John Ferguson and the Mobilisation of the Irish Vote; 4 The Catholic Church and the Drink Trade: Their Competing Claims to the Irish Vote; 5 The Glasgow Irish and the Politics of Land Reform; 6 The Politics of 'The Democracy' and Irish Identity; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.