Thursday, June 29, 2017

William Chapple MP - "Ulster should be ... tacked on to Scotland"


“W.A Chapple proposed that N.E. Ulster should be politically tacked on to Scotland, when a more proper suggestion would have been that Scotland should be politically tacked on to N.E. Ulster…"

William Allan Chapple was the New Zealand born Liberal Party MP for Stirlingshire, and later Dumfriesshire. He is said to have made these remarks in the House of Commons in a debate some time around June 1912, the extract above being from St John Ervine’s biography of Sir James Craig, entitled Craigavon (1949), a really interesting book with much Ulster-Scots cultural content and which also uses the term as well.  This story warrants further investigation and cross-checking. 

William Allan Chapple 1908