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James Brown Armour: Irish Presbyterian Minister and Home Ruler Revised

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 29, 2013


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by Richard McMinn

The Case For A Re-Examination of Armour and His Role

"As we are currently frequently reminded by commentators on Irish history, this is the decade of centenaries. Indeed, the centenary industry is already in full swing, as books, articles, lectures, museum exhibitions, television documentaries, theatrical reconstructions of past events and personalities, not to mention marches and rallies, commemorate, or in some cases uncritically celebrate, the events of the Home Rule crisis of 1912–14, merely of course the first phase of that crucial historical decade in Irish affairs from 1912 onwards.

The commemoration of the sinking of the RMS Titanic during the spring of 2012 had to some extent provided a prequel for what was, and indeed still is, to follow, although hopefully, given the fate of the doomed vessel, not a metaphor!"

This article examines James Brown Armour, an Irish Presbyterian minister, speaker and writer. It looks at his life, his beliefs, his political views and his legacy.