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Isaac NelsonRadical Abolitionist, Evangelical Presbyterian, and Irish Nationalist$
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Daniel Ritchie

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941282

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941282.001.0001

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‘A Man after Parnell’s Own Heart’?

‘A Man after Parnell’s Own Heart’?

(p.185) Chapter 4 ‘A Man after Parnell’s Own Heart’?
Isaac Nelson

Daniel Ritchie

Liverpool University Press

This chapter considers Isaac Nelson’s relationship with Irish nationalism and the Home Rule movement. It looks at the personal, historical, and ideological factors that led to Nelson embracing Irish nationalism. Accordingly, it analyses the influence of Lockeanism, Classical Republicanism, and even Romanticism on Nelson’s thinking. The chapter also considers his support for the Land League and Peasant Proprietorship, his unsuccessful campaign to gain election for County Leitrim at the 1880 General Election, and his victory at Mayo for the seat vacated by Charles Stewart Parnell. It then considers his brief career as a Member of Parliament, and the relationship between Nelson’s Presbyterianism and Home Rule. While Nelson was clearly in a minority among his Presbyterian colleagues, this chapter argues that his views were not as idiosyncratic as they may first appear.

Keywords:   Belfast Riots, Home Rule, Irish History, Irish Nationalism, Land League, Land War, Lockeanism, Parnellism, Republicanism, Sectarianism

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