Hello Anne Marie
I doubt that he was an MP (although you never know)All the MPs are well known and listed
in the records for each parliamentary area. However universal suffrage /voting for all did
not arrive in Ireland until the 20th century. But since the date is pre 1922 I would
suggest looking on the house of commons website (http://www.parliament.uk/)to
you could get a list of all the various Fermanagh MPS(remember that there are multiple
parliamentary districts in Fermanagh and the boundaries of these have changed over time)
from the 1800s onwards..plus theres published works such as the Hansard which list all the
daily business of parliament although this might be a convoluted way of attempting to
locate your ancestor.
Travelling to England was possible and happened fairly often for some elements of the
population although travel to Scotland was more likely for many Northern Irish people. but
travel(as opposed to emigration) usually happened only out of neccessity, it wasnt
cheap,safe or easy to travel far in the early to mid 1800s and of course in the early part
of the century travelling plans were also subject to winds,weather and tides. Road
building in Ireland increased in the 1840s as part of the famine relief works and also due
to the increased role Government started to take in public works and maintenance so
basically we see an improvement in travelling conditions over time. people tended to
travel for the following reasons
1.) seasonal work..people would travel to Scotland and England for the Harvests and then
2.)Upper classes, many of these people had family ties with England and would travel back
and forth for the Season,schooling or for shopping purposes again they would tend to stay
for longer periods of time.
3.)Merchants, farmers or salespeople travelled to sell to the English/Scottish
Markets(when they weren't closed to Irish commerce)for better prices.
4.) Military personnel travelled throughout the lands in detachments, drafts and whole
5.) People involved in politics would certainly travel more than the populace but how far
they travelled would depend on the level of politics they worked at.
at the start of the period people had the option of walking/riding, horse or canal boat(or
carriage/post coach)then taking a boat from one of the ports dealing with England, if you
look at the trade directories of the 1800s then you can locate the coach, boat services
and frequencies of the services.
during the last half of the century, steam trains and steam powered ships made the journey
considerably easier so more people could travel more quickly and also cheaply in
comparison to the previous half of the century..a point to note is that travel options
increased dramatically towards the end of the peiod 1901 compared to the primitive nature
of travel at the start of the period in the early 1800s
People would often speak at the diamond, it was always the centre point for meetings,
rallys, musters, markets(in places which didnt have a dedicated market space) etc.
Sometimes in the less literate communities people would gather to hear the news from a
person who could read newspapers, or travellers might spread the news of what was
happening in other climes, these meetings could be a handful of people upwards. These were
times without the constant access to multi-media so therefore people spoke more and
newspapers that might sell only a few thousand copies would have "readers" four
to ten times as many. Information was eagerly sought and traded and the person who could
communicate well was highly prized in a such communities.
Finally, just to re-inforce a point outlined by other responders to the list...prior to
1922 Ireland was an integral part of the UK. After 1603 union of the crowns of Scotland
& England people did not need safe passage papers/passports to travel between the
countires in the British Isles & Ireland. Therefore there were no restrictions on
travel other than the cost and risk of travel.
Hopefully someone on the list might have a copy of transcriptions of MPs names for you
I hope this helps.
Frank, David, Ellen and all;
My grandmother, Margaret McManus, is from Boho, Toneel North to be specific,
and one of the first notes I put on my Family Tree ( about 1995) was about
her father, Patrick McManus. It was from a letter from my uncle stating that
Patrick, his grandfather, might have been a member of Parliament, because he
traveled back and forth to England and spoke at the Diamond to advise on
current events and read. This was mid 1800's, Patrick was dead before the 1901
On their marriage certificate, 1874, Patrick is listed as a farmer. I have
looked at many different resources, and have never found anything to indicate
Patrick was other than a farmer.
I believe I asked on this list before, how difficult was it to travel back
and forth to England? Need to look back at my old notes. And for some
reason, I want to say the 1901 census listed Margaret as farmers widow. Might be
wrong on that, again, need to look at my notes again.
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