Sir Edward Carson in Belfast

Sir Edward Carson in Belfast

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12/07/1914 (of event)






35mm, film, intertitles

black and white


Irish Film Archive


British Film Institute, Irish Film Archive

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Carson in Belfast for the ´Twelfth´ celebrations. This time he is inspecting units of the UVF, principally the Lady Signallers and members of the Ambulance Corps. A UVF ambulance - almost certainly passed on soon after to the Ulster Division - is also inspected. Carson is clearly in a hurry, and with good reason: King George V had invited all parties connected with the Home Rule crisis to Buckingham Palace in an attempt to find a way out of the impasse. Carson´s worry was that both of the main political parties in Britain, the Liberals and the Conservatives, were moving towards partition - a solution he did not want. .


Dublin born Carson was educated at Trinity College before becoming a highly successful barrister, remembered in legal circles for his involvement in two famous cases, the Winslow Boy case, and Oscar Wilde’s first libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry. He was elected MP for Trinity College from 1892-1918. He was leader of the Ulster Unionists from 1911 until 1921. He also served in the British government as Attorney General, First Lord of the Admiralty and in the War Cabinet and was given a peerage in 1921.

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'Sir Edward Carson in Belfast. The Ulster leader hurriedly inspects the Lady Signallers and Ambulance Corps and departs for London. 151-1' Includes an inspection of a UVF ambulance.



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