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Rare Ulster proclamation is sold for £18,750

Ulster Proclamation
Image caption The rare document was auctioned for £18,750

The only known copy of the 1913 Ulster Proclamation of a Provisional Government has been sold for £18,750.

It is not known who the successful bidder was but auctioneers Bonhams say it is staying in Northern Ireland

The proclamation, dated 24 September 1913, takes the form of a poster declaring the formation of a provisional government.

There was a proviso that it would not take power unless needed to resist a nationalist government in Dublin.

The previous day, 23 September, unionist leader Sir Edward Carson had persuaded 500 delegates to the Ulster Unionist Council to endorse the proclamation as part of resistance to the Irish Home Rule Bill then passing through parliament.

The previous year, nearly 500,000 people had signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant in opposition to the Home Rule Bill.

The Home Rule Bill was eventually enacted, but set aside for the duration of the First World War. The island was partitioned in 1921, with six of the Ulster counties opting out of the Irish Free State and establishing Northern Ireland.

The proclamation was auctioned at Bonhams.

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