The colonisation of Ulster during King James I’s reign is, arguably, the most significant event in Irish history. The 17th–century influx of English and, more importantly, Scottish settlers into the six counties caused the political and religious conflict that still dominates the province today. Michael Sheane’s well–researched history studies all aspects of the immigrants’ early years – the corruption of the wealthy landlords; the political manoeuvring; the treatment of the indigenous Gaels; the economic climate; and, of course, the introduction of Protestantism into the last Catholic stronghold of King James’s kingdom.
Michael Steven Sheane was born in England in 1947. He was educated at Larne Grammar School and Orange’s Academy, Belfast, a mixed Protestant and Catholic college, and attended Trinity College, Dublin. A man from Ballygally on the Antrim Coast, he now lives in Antrim. His hobbies include stamp collecting, photography and walking. He contributes to press, radio and television on Ulster affairs. He also writes for Ireland’s Own, and now combines writing with business.
Paperback – 137 pages