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Colonel Edward SaundersonLand and Loyalty in Victorian Ireland$
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Alvin Jackson

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204985

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204985.001.0001

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(p.2) (p.3) 1 Introduction
Colonel Edward Saunderson

Alvin Jackson

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Edward James Saunderson, who was for twenty years the English face of Unionism, has been consigned to obscurity, the victim of shifting loyalist priorities and myth-building, and of scholarly disregard. A similarity of achievement between Saunderson and Edward Carson posits a dilemma: if Carson, the opponent of Home Rule in 1912, is consistently resurrected for a contemporary political function, then why has his precursor, Saunderson, encountered complete neglect, and within a tradition which looks to the past for political legitimization? Carson distanced himself from some grubbier northern politics; by contrast, Saunderson long outlived his usefulness, holding onto the chairmanship of the Irish Unionist parliamentary party after the defeat of the second Home Rule Bill, exacerbated by the prospect of reform, forced him to defend his own landed interests.

Keywords:   Edward James Saunderson, Unionism, Edward Carson, Irish Unionist parliamentary party, Home Rule Bill

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