1912-1914 Home Rule Crisis

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1912-1914 Home Rule Crisis

The Home Rule Crisis, 1912 - 1914

This section features a wide range of printed political material, postcards and posters, badges, letters and photographs and firearms. It covers emergence of leadership by Carson and Craig, creation of a Unionist mass-movement, propaganda and a paramilitary army called the U.V.F., formed from the Unionist Club movement. This also includes creation of a provisional government, formation of women’s organisations, signing of an Ulster Covenant in 1912, the ‘gun-running’ of smuggled weapons in 1914.

This section also includes material reflecting reactions of Nationalists to the Unionist campaign, focusing on the role of John Redmond, Joseph Devlin, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the emergence, structure and arming of the Irish National Volunteers.

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Donegall Place Belfast Under Home Rule

Donegall Place Belfast Under Home Rule

Anti-Home Rule postcard featuring Donegall Place, Belfast, Under Home Rule - City Hall in ruins, Robinson and Cleaver's is To Let, and statues of Dil...

Political Postcard

Political Postcard

Political Postcard. front printed in black on white : 6 verses of 4 lines : at top smug black cat with white bow : standard postcard back. Inscription...

Fountain Pen

Fountain Pen

Black pen with traces of dried blood on the nib. This pen was used to sign the Ulster Covenant in the blood of its owner. It belonged to Major Fred Cr...

The Ulster Men (1605-1913)

The Ulster Men (1605-1913)

Postcard featuring 'The Ulster Men (1605-1913).' "The seams of the Empire start open and crack." Verses by William Moore, June 1913. With red border. ...

UVF South Belfast Regiment

UVF South Belfast Regiment

Photographic postcard showing 'UVF South Belfast Regiment enroute for Balmoral, 27th September 1913.'...

Mr Churchill Sends a Message to Ulster

Mr Churchill Sends a Message to Ulster

Postcard featuring ‘Mr.Churchill sends a message to Ulster,' drawing of Bangor of British troopships allegedly being sent to help quell Ulster on 26th...

UVF Flying Squadron At Balmoral

UVF Flying Squadron At Balmoral

Photographic postcard of 'UVF Flying Squadron At Balmoral 1913.'...

Mountjoy

Mountjoy

Bronze bell, re-named to `Mountjoy' from the 'Londoner Glasgow.' On 24 April, the SS Clyde Valley was renamed the "Mountjoy", with the use of 6-foot-l...

Political Broadside Pamphlet

Political Broadside Pamphlet

Political Broadside Pamphlet. 2 sheets folded, printed both sides : staple : cover page title only. Inscription : THE ULSTER MOVEMENT: ITS HISTORY AND...

Sir Edward Carson K.G M.P.

Sir Edward Carson K.G M.P.

Lapel badge featuring image of Sir Edward Carson K.G M.P....

Platform at Women's Anti-Home Rule Demonstration

Platform at Women's Anti-Home Rule Demonstration

Photographic postcard showing 'Platform at Women's Anti-Home Rule Demonstration in Ulster Hall, 30th September 1912.'...

Lloyd George's Favourite Dinner

Lloyd George's Favourite Dinner

Postcard featuring ‘Lloyd George’s favourite dinner’ – an anti-Liberal policy postcard, featuring his ‘cod and sauce.’ The AH Series, printed in Engla...

Ulster Volunteer Force Membership Card

Ulster Volunteer Force Membership Card

Ulster Volunteer Force Membership Card. cloth reinforced card, red outer : single sheet folded : outside plain : inside double rule with square corner...

Ulster's Solemn Covenant

Ulster's Solemn Covenant

Coloured postcard with the text of 'Ulster's Solemn Covenant 1912' surmounted by crossed Union flags. "Being covninced in our consciences that Home Ru...

Full Steam Ahead

Full Steam Ahead

Postcard depicting ‘Full Steam Ahead’ – the Home Rule vessel hits the rocks with Commander Redmond on board and First Engineer Asquith. Commander Redm...

Photographic negative

Photographic negative

Photographic negative showing Ulster Volunteers gathering outside tent at camp....

To Home Rule

To Home Rule

Anti-Home Rule postcard featuring Redmond driving a pig with Asquith’s face along a road past a signpost with one sign pointing towards Home Rule and ...

Ulster's Solemn League and Covenant

Ulster's Solemn League and Covenant

Postcard of text of Ulster's Solemn League and Covenant, with photographic portrait of the Right Honourable Sir Edward Carson KP, MP....

Sash

Sash

William Swanston's sash that he wore on Ulster Covenant Day, 28th September for the signing of the Covenant. Perhaps Swanston played a 'stewart-type' ...

Ulster Will Fight

Ulster Will Fight

Photographic postcard from 'Ulster Will Fight Series' No.26 showing troops reviewed by Sir Edward Carson and General Richardson at Clandeboye....

Letter from Sir Edward Carson

Letter from Sir Edward Carson

typed, on mourning paper : ms signature : printed Eaton Place address at top : addressee name and address at bottom. JUNE 26 1913. DEAR MR. McGOWAN, I...

We Will Not Have Home Rule for Ireland

We Will Not Have Home Rule for Ireland

Photographic postcard of Carson on platform speaking at presumably one of the Ulster Day campaigns; 'We Will Not Have Home Rule for Ireland.'...

Unionist Political Badge

Unionist Political Badge

Unionist Political Badge. card in form of printed rosette : top roundel orange border, blue and red centre : drop blue with fork tail : text in white ...

Political Adhesive Label

Political Adhesive Label

Anti-Home Rule Sticker. Margins on right and top : perforations : dull green border, red, white and blue frame, hand of Ulster at top : profile of Car...

For God and the King

For God and the King

Coloured graphic anti-Home Rule postcard 'Shut the Gates Again', with a representation of one of the gates of Derry above a crowned Maid of Erin with ...

Belfast Volunteers at Balmoral

Belfast Volunteers at Balmoral

Photographic postcard showing an image of 'Belfast Volunteers at Balmoral 1913.'...

The Home Rule Rout

The Home Rule Rout

Anti-Home Rule postcard 'The Home Rule Rout', drawn by W. Watson. Ulster bulldog chases a Home Rule fox. 'A fox for slyness.'...

Political Adhesive Label

Political Adhesive Label

Anti-Home Rule Sticker. Blue head and shoulders profile of Carson : red hand on yellow circle at bottom right : stuck to piece of paper, probably from...

Sir Edward and Lady Carson

Sir Edward and Lady Carson

Photographic postcard of 'Sir Edward and Lady Carson.' This is Carson with his second and younger wife....

Political Broadside Pamphlet

Political Broadside Pamphlet

Political Broadside Pamphlet. hand bill, printed one side : refers to appointment of succession of managers of Lisnaskea Co-Operative Dairy. Inscripti...

No Thoroughfare!

No Thoroughfare!

Anti-Home Rule Postcard entitled 'No Thoroughfare!' Depicting Asquith on his cart with the 'Home Rule Bill' in tow being stopped by policeman Bonar La...

Take it away, it smells; been buried twice already; bury it again, this time for good

Take it away, it smells; been buried twice already; bury it again, this time for good

Anti-Home Rule postcard featuring a cartoon of Carson declining a skull inscribed 'Home Rule' from John Redmond, saying 'Take it away, it smells; been...

Good Old Belfast at It again

Good Old Belfast at It again

Anti-Home Rule postcard 'Good Old Belfast at It again,' featuring two cats fighting, drawn by W. Watson....

We Won't Have Home Rule

We Won't Have Home Rule

Anti-Home Rule postcard with image of King William III and featuring Col. Wallace, Edward Carson and Captain Craig declaring 'We Will Not Have Home Ru...

No Home Rule

No Home Rule

Anti-Home Rule postcard featuring 'No Home Rule' shown defiantly with a rifle in the air and a Union Jack flag in background. 'Let our flag run out st...

Sword

Sword

British Army dress sword, dumbell blade. The guard has G.V. cypher on a leaf design, and inscribed on the inside "Presented to Lt., B. D. Parkinson - ...

Ulster Day, 28th Sept. 1912

Ulster Day, 28th Sept. 1912

Photographic postcard showing 'Ulster Day, 28th Sept. 1912. Orangemen and Unionist Clubs marching to City Hall, Belfast, to sign the Covenant against ...

Ulster - Home Rule

Ulster - Home Rule

Anti-Home Rule postcard depicting Asquith trying to lead the horse (Ulster) to the water (Home Rule) but the horse is determined not to go anywhere ne...

We Will Not Have Home Rule

We Will Not Have Home Rule

Anti-Home Rule photographic postcard of Major T. V. P. McCammon, Deputy Grand Secretary of Provincial grand Lodge of Ulster, with shield bearing red ...

Letter Seeking Support for Unionism

Letter Seeking Support for Unionism

Letter Seeking Support for Unionism. printed letterhead : duplicated letter in blue : ms signature : dated 1912-04-12 : thanks recipient for assistanc...

The Ulster Volunteers

The Ulster Volunteers

Postcard featuring 'The Ulster Volunteers'; "When you've talked about all Ulster and you know her cause is just, And you've ended all great speeches w...

The Windsor and Stranmillis Unionist Club, Belfast

The Windsor and Stranmillis Unionist Club, Belfast

Photographic postcard of the Windsor and Stranmillis Unionist Club, Belfast, parading on April 9th 1912 for the great anti-home rule Unionist Demonstr...

Ulster Day

Ulster Day

Photographic postcard of Sir Edward Carson signing the Ulster Solemn Covenant in Belfast City Hall on Ulster Day, 28th September 1912. Also seen in th...

Gun Running at Bangor

Gun Running at Bangor

Postcard depicting the 'Gun Running at Bangor, Co. Down, April 25th, 1914.'...

Full Steam Ahead

Full Steam Ahead

Graphic postcard entitled 'Full Steam Ahead' showing the boat of Home Rule running aground on a reef named Ulster. Reproduced from the Belfast Weekly ...

We Won't Have Home Rule

We Won't Have Home Rule

Novelty photographic postcard showing Orange band with drummers carrying banner superimposed with portrait of carson and Anti-Home Rule sentiments, wh...

UVF East Down

UVF East Down

UVF Hospital Armband. East Down 1....

Belfast makes History, Opening of Provisional Government

Belfast makes History, Opening of Provisional Government

Coloured photographic postcard featuring crowds at the opening of Provisional Government in Belfast; Entitled 'Belfast Makes History'....

Who said we're to have Home Rule?

Who said we're to have Home Rule?

Anti-Home Rule postcard, 'Who Said We're to have Home Rule? Come to Belfast and we'll 'shew' 'em.'...

Water Bottle

Water Bottle

Water Bottle. As issued to the Ulster Volunteer Force. Circular, metal covered with khaki felt, web carrying strap held by 3 eyes. Marked in black "NY...

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