Friday, September 14, 2012

So I was talking yesterday with a recognised authority on the Ulster Covenant...

... and asked him a few questions which had been puzzling me. He confirmed that:

1) The 'turnout' to sign the Ulster Covenant in 1912 across Co Antrim and Co Down, when compared with the 1911 census figures, was low. Perhaps only around 50% of those who could sign up to it (ie the Ulster Protestants / Unionists) actually did. And the numbers who signed in Belfast were relatively low as well.

2) The clergy of the Church of Ireland were more pro-Ulster Covenant than the Presbyterians, with about 85% and 65% signing respectively.

These are two major revelations. When you talk to people who really know their subject you can get a very different, and fresh, perspective. Discuss...