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Ireland, Radicalism, and the Scottish Highlands, c.1870-1912$
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Andrew Newby

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623754

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623754.001.0001

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‘A Scotch Parnellite Party’: Land, Home Rule and the Third Reform Act

‘A Scotch Parnellite Party’: Land, Home Rule and the Third Reform Act

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(p.117) Chapter Six ‘A Scotch Parnellite Party’: Land, Home Rule and the Third Reform Act
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Ireland, Radicalism, and the Scottish Highlands, c.1870-1912
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Andrew G. Newby

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623754.003.0014

Throughout Britain and Ireland, the Third Reform Act — finally enacted in 1884 after several delays, with a redistribution of constituencies following in 1885 — extended the vote to all male householders, and some lodgers, many for the first time. The radicals recognised a tremendous opportunity, and had been organising throughout the country in anticipation. The Highlands and Islands witnessed a vast increase in the electorate and the development of a small body of candidates who, with land reform at the top of their agendas, subsequently became known as ‘Crofter M.P.s’.

Keywords:   Third Reform Act, radicals, land reform, Crofter MPs

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