Professor of History, QUB; sometime Director of Irish Studies Institute, QUB; ed.
of Appletree Faces of Ireland series (1991), and works on Irish elections;
a freq. contrib. to Irish Booklore; co-editor of The History of the Irish Book (OUP) with Robert Welch (UU).
John Whyte, Interpreting Northern Ireland (OUP 1990):
B[rian] M. Walker, Ulster Politics: The Formative Years, 1868-86 (1989),
argues that a powerful combination of Catholic and Presbyterian tenant-farmers
opposed Church of Ireland landlords in the 1870s and 80s and that it was
not until the general election of 1886 that the cleavage which marks North
of Ireland politics was firmly established. Behind the split lay the growing
autonomy of the Catholic electorate after Reform, the increased presence
of the clergy in Home Rule and nationalist organisation, and the growing
support of nationalist politicians for the Catholic line in education.
(Whyte, op. cit., p.127.)
Belfast Central Public Library holds Frank Matcham, Architect