Post-1800 Periodicals

The Irish Magazine, and Monthly Asylum for Neglected Biography (1807–1815), The Irish Farmers’ Journal, and Weekly Intelligencer (1812–1826)
  • Elizabeth TilleyEmail author
Part of the New Directions in Book History book series (NDBH)


The 1798 Irish Rebellion and the Act of Union in 1800, together with the impact of the Napoleonic wars, had both philosophical and material consequences for the increasingly difficult articulation of Irish identity in print. The titles chosen for discussion in this chapter are ones that reflect that difficulty. Watty Cox’s politically violent Irish Magazine (1807–1815) attracted the attention of the authorities on more than one occasion, as its pages were full of denunciations of government figures and graphic illustrations of atrocities committed by government forces (Yeomen, Militia, English army troops) during the Rebellion. The Irish Farmers’ Journal (1812–1826) viewed Ireland from the other side of the political divide. It contained crucial practical information for the gentleman farmer/landowner but also provided, as its title suggested, a digest of the latest news from London, Paris, and Dublin, as well as reportage on criminal activity in rural Ireland and elsewhere during a time of economic depression and agrarian unrest. The Irish Magazine gives us the big, though biased, picture; The Irish Farmers’ Journal offered a glimpse of the daily workings of the rising middle and professional Irish classes beyond Dublin after the Union. This chapter tries to determine the ways in which late eighteenth-century political and economic events affected the forms and concerns of early nineteenth-century periodicals in Ireland. As we shall see, the two perspectives on Ireland were intertwined in more ways than one.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National University of Ireland GalwayGalwayRepublic of Ireland

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