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THE ANCIENT CONSTITUTION AND NATURAL RIGHTS An interesting synthesis of this constitutional tradition with Lockean arguments was given by Charles Francis Sheridan (the brother of Richard Brinsley Sheridan). Like a latter-day Molyneux, Sheridan described an ancient constitution based on the Magna Charta, medieval confirmations of the Magna Charta, assertions of the liberties of the people by Charles I, and the Bill of Rights. These could not be infringed by parliament and were to be transmitted to posterity ‘without any derogation’.

The Oxford History of the British Empire, ii. The Eighteenth Century (Oxford, 1998), 208. Thus, in a general sense, we should recognize that Protestant Irish Patriots shared an early modern Imperial British identity with American colonists, and indeed, with many Englishmen. However, constitutional resemblances were only skin deep in the eyes of most Protestant Irishmen. We may wish to view late eighteenthcentury Ireland as a colony, but they certainly did not (even if they often claimed their rights as Englishmen in Ireland).

J. ), Political Ideas in Eighteenth-Century Ireland (Dublin, 2000), 225. Thus, the distinctive language of Irish ancient constitutionalism not only reminded Ireland (if it needed reminding) of the depth of its political, religious, and cultural connections with Britain; it also reminded Protestant Irishmen that their country was a far more divided society than America and much closer to the threat of Catholic, European powers. These dangers within and without inevitably dampened desires to separate from Britain that were given free reign across the Atlantic.

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