THE ULSTER PROTEST
(James Hamilton, 1838-1913, Unionist, figurehead of the Irish Landlords in the Land War, 2nd Duke)]
Portrait photo by Lafayette, unsigned,
showing him three quarter length, three quarter face, in his Peer's robes, his coronet partly visible on a side table, 7¾" x 6", London, no date, c.
The great series of "Ulster Protest" meetings was held 18th - 27th September 1912, beginning at Enniskillen and ending in Belfast, followed by the signing of the Covenant on Ulster Day, 28th September, in Belfast City Hall. The Duke took the chair on 20th September at Londonderry. In a rousing speech, he repeated his famous phrase of 1893 "We will not have Home Rule".