Protestants First

Protestants First : Orangeism in 19th Century Scotland

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Protestant militantism in 19th-century Scotland manifested itself in the Orange Order, a large but shadowy organization which, despite considerable popular support, never realized its potential as a mass working-class movement. This is a non-partisan sociological study of the Orange Order which attempts to cut through some of the myths and explain why Orangeism developed along different lines in Scotland to elsewhere. The book describes Orangeism's formative period, relating it to Ulster Protestant migration. Orange ideology and organizational structure are looked at in detail with comparisons with the Order in England, Ireland and the Commonwealth. The movement's perceived "Irishness" and its disciplinary problems are examined, and the way the movement interacted with Scottish society and politics, particularly the Church and the Scottish Conservative Party. The book concludes with Orangeism's present role and its potential lines of development. The study is aimed at specialists and students in Scottish social, political and ecclesiastical history, sociologists of religion and historical more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 19.05mm | 476.27g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • index, 4 maps, 6 graphs
  • 074860202X
  • 9780748602025

Table of contents

What is Orangeism?; theoretical approaches; historical overview - "The Lodge of Diamond in Armagh"; the early history of Orangeism in Scotland 1799-1865; Orangeism in Scotland 1864-1900 - quantification and class composition; absolute strength and relative weakness; the Scottish churches; leadership and rank and file relations; the mainspring of Conservatism? 1865-85; truckling to Popery more