Four years previous to the Easter Rising (I will be writing about this in an upcoming post) many of the people in Ulster signed the Ulster Covenant and the Ulster Declaration. The men signed the Ulster Covenant and the women placed their signatures under a more simply worded Ulster Declaration. Signatures basically meant that they wanted to stay under British rule and did not want to be ruled from Dublin.
Not all of the signatories were Protestant. Ulster Catholics signed the Covenant, too. Any Ulster person over the age of 16 could sign the Ulster Covenant or the Ulster Declaration. In total, the Covenant was signed by 237,368 men; the Declaration, by 234,046 women.
If you are interested in searching the Ulster Covenant to see if you can find your ancestors you can go to the PRONI Ulster Covenant page and download records of interest. This service is free of charge.
At the bottom of the image below are the signature of 3 generations of women who signed the Ulster Declaration on Sept 28, 1912. Mary A C Poore, my great grandmother, Agnes CC Poore, my grandmother and Christy Ann Cambridge, my 2nd great grandmother, all of 13 Cavehill Road, Belfast arrived together at the Cliftonville Unionist Club in Northern Belfast and signed 3 in a row.
The Women of Ulster sign the Declaration
On the 2 image below, you will find the signature of my great grandfather, John Henry Poore and great uncle Henry J C Poore, both of 13 Cavehill Road, Belfast.
The Men of Ulster sign the Covenant
Poore Family in Belfast
The image below is the Poore Family in Belfast, Ireland shortly before their 1920 immigration to Canada; back row: John Henry Poore with wife Mary Agnes Cambridge Poore; middle row: left to right; Henry, Lewis; bottom row: left to right; Olive, Chris and Carol.