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dc.contributor.advisorLenihan, Padraig
dc.contributor.authorScannell, Mark
dc.description.abstractThe chief objective of this dissertation is to attempt to answer the question of whether or not Irish Catholics formed a disproportionately small element of the Officer Corps of the British Army, in the period following formal Catholic Emancipation in 1829. The wider issues arising from this question include whether or not such Irish Catholics were subject to continued discrimination despite the removal of formal restrictions on their advancement, the disposition of Irish Catholic officers by rank and regiment, and the extent to which the most successful Irish Catholic officers could advance. These questions will be answered primarily through a quantitative analysis of the officer lists, regimental returns, and army returns of the period. This statistical approach will in turn be supplemented through a qualitative analysis of the individuals uncovered, seeking to ascertain their faith through careful examination of genealogical material. For those few Irish Catholics who achieved the greatest success in the officer corps, this has been augmented by a more thorough examination of their background, circumstances, economic position and personal history, in order to discern more clearly the facts which permitted their advancement, and concurrently the non-advancement of their peers.en_IE
dc.publisherNUI Galway
dc.subject19th Centuryen_IE
dc.subjectBritish Armyen_IE
dc.subjectButler, William Francisen_IE
dc.subjectDillon, Martinen_IE
dc.subjectClery, Cornelius Francisen_IE
dc.subjectKelly-Kenny, Thomasen_IE
dc.titleThe position of Irish Catholics in the Officer Corps of the British Army: 1829-1899en_IE
dc.local.noteThis work examines the status occupied by Irish Catholics over the period from Catholic Emancipation in 1829 to the Boer War in 1899, with specific reference to their numerical disposition, their background, prejudices and discrimination they faced and ultimately the change in their status over time.en_IE

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