The plantation of Ulster

Ideology and practice

Edited by Micheál Ó Siochrú and Eamonn Ciardha

The plantation of Ulster


  • Paperback

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8608-3
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: October 2012
  • BIC Category: HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, 17th century, c 1600 to c 1699, Humanities / British & Irish history, HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, c 1500 onwards to present day, General & world history, Ireland, History & Archaeology, History, European history
  • Series: Studies in Early Modern Ireland


This book is the first major academic study of the Ulster Plantation in over 25 years. The pivotal importance of the Plantation to the shared histories of Ireland and Britain would be difficult to overstate. It helped secure the English conquest of Ireland, and dramatically transformed Ireland's physical, political, religious and cultural landscapes. The legacies of the Plantation are still contested to this day, but as the Peace Process evolves and the violence of the previous forty years begins to recede into memory, vital space has been created for a timely reappraisal of the plantation process and its role in identity formation within Ulster, Ireland and beyond. This collection of essays by leading scholars in the field offers an important redress in terms of the previous coverage of the plantations, moving away from an exclusive colonial perspective, to include the native Catholic experience, and in so doing will hopefully stimulate further research into this crucial episode in Irish and British history.


"A great merit of the volume is the involvement of Scots historians."
(Jonathan Bardon, Familia: Ulster Genealogical Review. No 29 2013)


Micheál Ó Siochrú is Associate Professor of History at Trinity College, Dublin|Éamonn Ó Ciardha is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Ulster


1. Introduction: Micheál Ó Siochrú and Éamonn Ó Ciardha - The plantation of Ulster: ideas and ideologies
2. Jenny Wormald - 'The 'British' Crown, the Earls and the Plantation of Ulster'
3. Martin MacGregor - 'Civilizing' Gaelic Scotland: The Scottish Isles and the Stuart Empire'
4. Philip Withington - 'Plantation and Civil Society'
5. Ian Archer - 'The City of London and the Ulster Plantation'
6. Raymond Gillespie - 'Success and failure in The Ulster Plantation'
7. Brian MacCuarta - 'The Catholic Church in Ulster under the Plantation, 1609-42'
8. Colin Breen - 'Randal MacDonnell and early Seventeenth-Century Settlement in Northeast Ulster, 1603-30'
9. Andrew Hadfield - 'Educating the Colonial Mind: Spenser and the Plantation'
10. Marc Caball - 'Responses to transformation: Gaelic poets and the plantation of Ulster'
11. Diarmuid Ó Doibhlin - 'The Plantation of Ulster: Aspects of Gaelic Letters'
12. Willy Maley - 'Angling for Ulster: Ireland and plantation in Jacobean literature'
13. Nicholas McDowell - 'The Scottish inhabitants of that Province are actually revolted': John Milton on the failure of the Ulster Plantation'

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