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Stephen Brown, Ireland in Fiction: A Guide to Irish Novels, Tales, Romances and Folklore [Pt. I] (Dublin: Maunsel 1919), lists Nightshade (Belfast: Aicken [c.1870], many eds., 1902), port. [Charles Annandale, Ulster landlord and Oxonian, returns during agrarian agitation; agent shot by Ribbonmen previously absolved by priest; unsuccessful parliamentary candidate; draws on election experience at Downpatrick, 1857; Rev. Mr Werd (Dr. Drew of Belfast); sister of Charles betrothed is entrapped by Jesuit posing as her guardian, and immured in Paris convent, but released by lawsuit; denounces prowling Jesuits, liberal Protestants, and Puseyite traitors]; Under Which King (Tinsley 1873), 3078pp. [various events, 1688-90, Derry, the Boyne; Williamite bias.
Irish Booklore, Vol. 3, no. 1, ed. Wesley McCann (Belfast 1976); bibliography and biography of William Johnstone [sic], by Aiken McClelland. Ardent Protestant gentleman, Ballybeg, b. English St., Downpatrick, ed. TCD, BA 1852; imprisoned in 1868 under Party Processions Act; MP Belfast 1868-78, appointed Inspector of Irish Fisheries, dismissed 1885 for political activities, MP Belfast South, 1885-1902. Works incl. Protestant Work to be Done (Ballykilbeg Prot. Tracts (Belfast 1853) 4pp.; The Nunnery Question (Ballykilbeg, Dublin 1854) 4pp.; Narmo and Aimata, a tale of the Jesuits in Tahiti (Dublin 1855) vi+119pp. [frontispiece reproduced here]; Nightshade, novel (Bentley London 1857), iv+393pp.; do., pref. Rev George Gilfillian (rev. 1858); do. (Belfast, 1895); Popish Tyranny, and God-sent deliverance, or the days of William the Third, a lect. (1860); ... various Speeches (1869); Under Which King?, orig. serialised in Downshire Protestant (Tinsley, London 1873). His poetry appears in The Boyne Book of Poetry and Song, which he edited (1859), Viz. Protestants, Leave Not Erin, a Ballykilbeg broadsheet.
Jonathan Bardon, History of Ulster Belfast: Blackstaff 1992), William Johnston of Ballykilbeg, reacts to 1867 Representation of the People Act, giving votes to artisans and halving property qualification in 1870. Led great parade against advice of Orange Lodge, Newtownards to Bangor, 12 July 1867, in defiance of Party Procession Act [intro. Aug. 1823]; refused to apologise to authorities, and sentenced to short prison spell, Feb. 1868; fearless and indomitable; rapturous applause at Indignation meeting called in Belfast on his release; he said we will have an Orange Party, please God, after a while in the House of Commons; stood on his own account, rather than for the Conservatives, in 1868 general election; won seat, as did Thomas McClure, Presbyterian tobacco maker  Johnston did however vote for the Land Bill in February 1870, showing his difference from the Conservative, land-owning party.  Bardon comments, triumph of Johnston in Belfast did warn the Conservatives that they could not rely on deference where landlord influence was weak that a populist traditional loyalism might well be the way to win support of the new enfranchised artisans . FURTHER, By-election in S. Belfast caused by death of William Johnston of Ballykilbeg, 1902. 
Belfast Public Library holds Johnston, W., A Memorial Sketch of Townsend Presbyterian Church (1880); Nightshade (n.d); The Psalms and Paraphrase (1861); Under Which King? (1873);
Library of Herbert Bell, Belfast holds The Boyne Book of Poetry & Song (Downpatrick 1859); Nightshade (Belfast new ed.; n.d.).
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Mrs Harriet Johnston [née Allen], first wife of William Johnston, Belfast MP, issued Lays of the Lost One and Other Poems (Dublin 1858).
Portrait of William Johnston of Ballykilbeg, oil, by unknown poss. John Clark, painted before the sitter grew his famous beard in 1858; see Anne Crookshank (Ulster Mus. 1965)
Family attachments?: Note that the critic Aitken McClelland shares a surname with the Belfast publisher of Johnstons novel Nightshade.
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