Bringing It All Back Home: The Fluctuating Reputation of James Orr (1770–1816), Ulster-Scots Poet and Irish Patriot

  • Carol Baraniuk
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


Taking as its subject the radical poet and United Irishman James Orr of Ballycarry, County Antrim, Baraniuk offers a much-needed, nuanced discussion of Ulster-Scots literary tradition, arguing that it represents a significant and unjustly neglected northern Dissenting school of Irish literature. Baraniuk challenges contemporary portrayals of Ulster-Scots identity which caricature it as no more than an artificial construct deployed in the service of an aggressive form of Ulster loyalism. The chapter argues that Orr’s verse is global and timeless in its range, and that his unequivocal, pluralist assertion of his belief in tolerance and diversity both within and beyond his native land demonstrates true Irish patriotism.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol Baraniuk
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  1. 1.Centre for Robert Burns StudiesUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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