Plots and Plotters: The 1798 Rebellion
Apr 02 2018 - Apr 06 2018
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Walk in the footsteps and visit the graves of the reformers and rebels who made the Belfast ...
Walk in the footsteps and visit the graves of the reformers and rebels who made the Belfast Charitable Society a 'hotbed of radical activity' in the 1790s. Hear about the Joys, McCrackens, McCabe and Cunningham who were on opposing sides. The tour will tell the story of the 1798 Rebellion in Antrim and how the Society emerged from it.
Clifton House was the original Poor House in Belfast. It was built by the Belfast Charitable Society who were founded in 1752. The members of the Society were the new emerging middle-class in Belfast, taking their influences from the French Revolution and the American War of Independence. Many were attempting to achieve equality and freedom for all, and it was against this backdrop that the ill-fated 1798 Rebellion began.
The members of Belfast Charitable Society were considered such a radical influence that the Poor House was closed when the rebellion broke out. This tour will tell the story of these 18th century radicals and reformers, and will also take visitors to Clifton Street Cemetery where so many of the United Irishmen are buried.
Tours will begin at Clifton House from Monday 2 April through to Friday 6 April at 3pm daily.