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The Morpeth Roll - Ireland Identified In 1841

The Morpeth Roll - Ireland Identified In 1841

Christopher Ridgway

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The Morpeth Roll looks at the grand farewell given to Lord Morpeth when he stepped down as chief secretary in 1841. Over 160,000 people of Ireland signed sheets of paper which was wrapped around a massive bobbin. When unwound this bobbin measures 420 meters in length!

This unique mechanical object is also a document of National significance and is being seen again in Ireland after 170 years of lying in obscurity in Castle Howard in North Yorkshire.

This lavishly illustrated book of essays discusses the significance of the roll, and examines what it can tell us about pre-Famine Ireland. Just how the roll was commissioned and assembled in a matter of weeks, with signatures collected from across Ireland, is one focus of enquiry; as are the reasons for Morpeth's extraordinary popularity, which endured when he returned to Dublin as viceroy in the 1850s.

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Author Christopher Ridgway
Publisher Four Courts Press
Publication date 30 Jun 2013
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781846824067

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