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Bonar Law's cabinet papers

Andrew Bonar Law was born in Kingston, New Brunswick in Canada on 16 September 1858, to a Scottish mother and an Irish father. Bonar Law entered Parliament in 1900 as a Unionist MP for the Blackfriars and Hutchesontown division of Glasgow. This folder of documents was accumulated by Bonar Law during his time as Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1915-1916.

The folder contains confidential Cabinet memoranda relating to the Easter Rising and its aftermath. Memoranda included are titled, ‘Public attitude and opinion in Ireland as to the recent outbreak', ‘Irish rebels interned in England', ‘Ulster and the Irish crisis' ‘Condition of Ireland', ‘Recruiting in Ireland' and ‘State of feeling in Ireland'. The folder also contains letters from notable politicians including Lloyd George, Edward Carson and Walter Long, as well as a copy of a letter from Eva Gore Booth, the Irish poet, dramatist, suffragist, labour activist and sister of Constance Markievicz.


The Irish Rebellion


May 1916 - March 1917

Catalogue number

Parliamentary Archives, BL/63/C/2-54