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Blue plaque honour for unionist Sinclair behind the Ulster Covenant

By Lesley Houston

Published 17/02/2016

Thomas Sinclair
Thomas Sinclair
Covenant day in Belfast 28/09/1912
ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.
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Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Malone Park. 29/9/1962
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Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Balmoral Showgrounds. 29/9/1962
The Ulster Covenant Jubilee Commemoration Committee meet in Unionist Headquarters, Belfast. Presiding was Mr John Bryans, chairman and Grand Master of the Belfast County Grand Orange Lodge. Beside him are Mr H Radcliffe (right) and Mr RJ McMullan, general secretary. 8/9/1962
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Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations on Royal Avenue, Belfast. 29/9/1962
Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Balmoral Showgrounds. 27/9/1962
Sir Edward Carson puts the first signature on the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall in 1912
Sir Edward Carson puts the first signature on the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall. 28/9/1912
Sir Edward Carson signing the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall. 28/9/1912
The Ulster Covenant, first page signatures.
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ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.The Ulster Volunteer force being addressed by Edward Carson
Ulster’s working landscape has changed massively a century on from the days of the Ulster Covenant signed by Edward Carson
First Minister Arlene Foster unveils a blue plaque honouring Thomas Sinclair yesterday as Chris Spurr, Ulster History Circle, and Ian Crozier, Ulster-Scots Agency, look on
The blue plaque honouring Thomas Sinclair

The man who penned the Ulster Covenant has been immortalised with a historic blue plaque.

First Minister Arlene Foster yesterday described Thomas Sinclair as a "remarkable man" as she joined the Ulster Scots Agency in Belfast to unveil the honour.

The commemorative plaque marks the achievements of the author of Ulster's Solemn League and Covenant, which was drawn up just under 10 years before the partition of Ireland and the establishment of Northern Ireland.

The Covenant was a pledge signed by almost half a million unionists to oppose Home Rule in Ireland "by all means necessary", and was signed on September 28, 1912.

The first signatory was Sir Edward Carson, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, whose statue stands at Stormont to this day.

The plaque, bestowed by the Ulster History Circle, was erected on the side of the Sinclair Seamen's Church, which was built by Thomas Sinclair's uncle, John Sinclair, in 1857.

Speaking at the event, Mrs Foster said it was a privilege to honour the life of "this remarkable man" who she said had an "unquestionable influence on Northern Ireland's history".

"As author of the Ulster Covenant in 1912, during what was a turbulent time in Northern Ireland's creation, Thomas Sinclair undoubtedly created a legacy that lives on today," she added. "He will long be remembered for his important contribution to business, politics and academia at every level at that time.

"I'm delighted to be joined here today with descendants of Thomas Sinclair and to unveil this most deserved plaque in his memory."

The unveiling was part of a series of projects being launched at an event at Sinclair Seamen's Church.

The Ulster-Scots Agency also used to occasion to launch the book Thomas Sinclair, Ulster's Most Prominent Citizen, in partnership with the Ulster Historical Foundation.

Belfast Telegraph

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