Debating the Union

  • Stuart Andrews


The Act of Union, which came into effect on 1 January 1801, was more than a legislative union centred on Westminster. The Scottish Act of Union had seen the uniting of parliaments, but the Irish Act would unite churches as well as legislatures. The Act’s fifth article provided that

the Doctrine, Worship, Discipline and Government of the said United Church shall be and shall remain in full force for ever, as the same are now by law established in the Church of England; and that the Continuance and Preservation of the said United Church, as the established Church of England and Ireland, shall be deemed and taken to be an essential part of the Union.


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