Act of Union Timeline
- 1703 Union is proposed in the Irish Parliament following the Union between England and Scotland.
- 1737 First issue of the Belfast Newsletter, the oldest newspaper in continual print.
- 1759 Unrest against a union between Great Britain and Ireland in Dublin.
- 1780 Macartney’s clandestine visit to Ireland seeking opinion a Union.
- 1782 Irish Parliament secures increased independence from Westminster.
- 1793 Limited Catholic emancipation.
- 1795 Orange Order formed.
- 1798 United Irish Rebellion.
- 28 May British Prime Minister William Pitt frames a policy proposing a Union.
- November Pamphlet debate starts
- 12 November Draft Union bill is sent from the London Parliament to the Dublin Parliament.
- 9 December The Irish Bar opposes Union
- 17 December Dublin Corporation opposes Union
- 22 January 21-hour debate on Union in the Irish House of Commons
- October Charles, Marquess Cornwallis, the Irish Viceroy, tours Munster and Ulster to promote Union
- 15 January 18-hour debate on Union in the Irish House of Commons.
- 9 May Address for Union is presented by the House of Commons to the House of Lords in London.
- 21 May Union bill is introduced into the Irish House of Commons.
- 2 July Act of Union receives assent in London.
- 1 August Act of Union receives assent in Dublin.
- 2 August The Irish Parliament is dissolved.
- 1 January Act of Union creating the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland takes formal effect.
- 22 January First sitting of the United Kingdom in London.
- 31 January William Pitt writes to George III advocating emancipation.
- 1 February George III adheres to the coronation oath, and rejects emancipation.
- 14 March William Pitt resigns as Prime Minister.
- 1803 Uprising by Robert Emmet is crushed.
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