MAY 16, 2022
"Plantation and Settlement of 17th Century Ulster"
Presented by: David E. Rencher, AG*, CG*, FUGA, FIGRS
David E. Rencher, AG*, CG*, FUGA, FIGRS, is employed as the Director of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch . A professional genealogist since 1977, he is one of the rare few who have earned both credentials: Accredited Genealogist® with ICAPGen in Ireland research (1981) and Certified Genealogist® with the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2006). He is the Irish course coordinator and instructor for the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research in Athens, Georgia, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1980 with a BA in Family and Local History. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 1997-2000, a past-president of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) 1993-1995 and a Fellow of that organization. He is a fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, London. He is the past chair of the joint National Genealogical Society and International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies committee for the Record Preservation and Access Coalition; he serves as a director on the board of the National Genealogical Society and as a counselor for the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
ABOUT OUR TOPIC
CONFISCATION AND RESETTLEMENT
The Ulster Plantation scheme had its parallel in the settlement of the United States and it is easy to see the propagation of the idea on how ‘Westward Expansion’ took form in the same manner that the Scots-Irish had experienced
overseas. In Ulster, land was confiscated from the Catholics who were living on the land, relocating them to other parts of Ireland, principally the Province of Connacht. By law, only one-quarter of the residents in Ulster after the implementation of the settlement scheme were to be Catholics. However, greed for high rents led to the widespread disregard for the laws of settlement.
Those who settled in Ulster from this point were supposed to be Protestant and
speak English. When James I became King of England, he united both Scotland
and England and in the process gained possession of Ireland since it was
considered an English possession. This opened the settlement of Ulster as a joint
venture between the English and Scottish and involved the counties of Armagh,
Cavan, Londonderry (originally named Coleraine), Donegal, Fermanagh, and
Tyrone. The new settlers were drawn from two major groups:
Undertakers – Principal Landowners
These were to be wealthy estate owners (also known as chief planters) in England
and Scotland that would resettle tenants from their existing estates to Ulster.
Servitors – Veterans of the War in Ireland
Arthur Chichester, the Lord Deputy, was successful in his bid to have officers who
had served in the war receive land grants underwritten by the London Companies
– the trade guilds in the City of London.
At the conclusion of this session, participants should have an understanding of the
- The history of the confiscation and resettlement of Irish land
- The London companies
- The Scottish connection
- Governance and protection
- Effects of migration and emigration
- Adventurers and Discoverers
- The record sources available for this time period
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