1912-1914 Home Rule Crisis

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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UVF South Belfast Regiment

UVF South Belfast Regiment

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

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...

Lantern slide

Lantern slide

Sir Edward Carson reviewing Ulster Volunteers at review of Belfast Division UVF in Royal Ulster Agricultural Showgrounds....

Postcard

Postcard

A Reg Carter postcard depicting an unidentified scene from British politics. Carter was a famous cartoonist and illustrator for the early Beano comics...

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...

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...

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....

British Covenant

British Covenant

Buttonhole badge. A blue enamel shield in silver BRITISH COVENANT 1914. The Ulster Covenant had been signed by numerous people in England, Scotland an...

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. ...

Mountjoy

Mountjoy

Canvas nameplates; "Mountjoy" printed at sea on the "Clyde Valley" by Major.F.Crawford. The Clyde Valley temporarily changed its name to the 'Mountjoy...

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...

UVF Flying Squadron At Balmoral

UVF Flying Squadron At Balmoral

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

Ulster Solemn League and Covenant

Ulster Solemn League and Covenant

Ulster Solemn League and Covenant Printing Plate. This plate was used to print the souvenir copies of Ulster’s Solemn League and Covenant. Rather tha...

Ulster Solemn League and Covenant

Ulster Solemn League and Covenant

Ulster Solemn League and Covenant Printing Plate. This plate was used to print the souvenir copies of Ulster’s Solemn League and Covenant. Rather tha...

Lantern slide

Lantern slide

Anti-Home Rule Demonstrations, Royal Ulster Agricultural Society Showgrounds. Marchers from Belfast and Templepatrick walking together with their flag...

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.'...

Sir Edward Carson & Colonel Wallace

Sir Edward Carson & Colonel Wallace

Postcard depicting 'Sir Edward Carson & Colonel Wallace' inspecting papers together. Colonel Wallace was an Orange leader and South African veteran....

Ulster Gun-Running

Ulster Gun-Running

Postcard depicting the Ulster Gun Running, The mystery ship "Fanny" uploading at Larne Harbour. Alongside the motor vechicles ready to take cargo to B...

Lantern Slide

Lantern Slide

UVF interior of mess at meal-time, 1913....

Lantern slide

Lantern slide

Drumhead ceremony, North Belfast UVF, 1913....

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...

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...

Head of Procession approaching the Grand Stand

Head of Procession approaching the Grand Stand

Postcard showing the 'Head of Procession approaching the Grand Stand. Irish Unionist Demonstration, Belfast, April 9th, 1912.' 100,000 men marched pas...

Lantern slide

Lantern slide

Sir Edward Carson and Andrew Bonar law in chaffeur driven car. April 1912....

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...

Photographic negative

Photographic negative

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

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.'...

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...

Lantern slide

Lantern slide

Lantern slide showing Lady Dufferin speaking at the first Annual General meeting of the Ulster Women's Unionist Council in the ulster hall Belfast on ...

Lantern slide

Lantern slide

Anti-Home Rule Demonstrations, Royal Ulster Agricultural Society Showgrounds. Supporters flying Union Jack from raised platform. April 1912....

Irish Unionists, Belfast April 9th, 1912

Irish Unionists, Belfast April 9th, 1912

Postcard showing Mr. Bonar Law, Walter Long, Sir Edward Carson and Lord Londonderry watching the march past of 100,000 Irish Unionists, Belfast April ...

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 ...

Lantern slide

Lantern slide

Lantern slide showing anti-Home Rule Unionist demonstration in Royal Ulster Agricultural Showgrounds, April 1912....

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....

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'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....

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.'...

Lantern slide

Lantern slide

Crowds outside packed Ulster Hall on Ulster Day Eve, 27th September 1912....

Photographic print

Photographic print

View of crowds at Unionist demonstration at Balmoral showgrounds....

Lantern Slide

Lantern Slide

UVF Company standing to attention on parade ground, 1913....

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 ...

Photographic Print

Photographic Print

View of crowds watching Unionist clubs marching past the City Hall on their way to Balmoral, April, 1912....

Lantern slide

Lantern slide

Sir Edward Carson signing the Solemn League and Covenant in the City Hall, 28th September 1912....

Lantern Slide

Lantern Slide

UVF group photograph in Tyrone, 1913....

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...

Lantern slide

Lantern slide

Mass Anti-Home Rule demonstration at Craigavon, home of James Craig, dated 23rd September 1912....

Lantern slide

Lantern slide

Lord Londonderry and Colonel Wallace walking down railway platform flanked by stewards and followed by other dignitaries....

Photographic Print

Photographic Print

View of crowds watching Unionist Clubs from Mourne, Newcastle, Bryansford, Maghera, Seaforde, Ardglass, Portaferry, Donaghadee marching past Fisherwic...

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