Brunswick Constitutional Club forms to deny Catholic Access to Parliament

September 1828
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The first annual meeting of the Brunswick Constitutional Club of Ireland was held in the Rotunda, on Tuesday, November 4th, 1828

The Brunswick Clubs or Brunswick 'constitutional' Clubs formed the nucleus of an ultimately doomed campaign to deny Catholics the right to enter both houses of the British parliament.

Numbering roughly 200 clubs and claiming 150,000 members, the Brunswicks had a short lifespan. Born in September 1828 when the

Catholic legislation was proposed, they theoretically continued until December 1829.

 

However, once the bill was passed with a large majority in March 1829, they were in effect dead.

 

FURTHER READING: The Brunswick Clubs Rise, Contradictions & Abyss by Alan Phylan

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