The public life of Robert Jocelyn (1788-1870), 3rd Earl of Roden: landlord, Conservative, evangelical, and Orangeman

  • James Alexander Roy Frazer

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


This thesis is the first comprehensive study of Robert Jocelyn (1788-1870), 3rd Earl of Roden, a resident Irish landlord who was deeply involved in protestant religion and politics in the United Kingdom. His public life is important as a medium through which to understand the role of nineteenth-century landlords that were resident (or at least semi-resident) in the north of Ireland, politically Conservative, evangelical, and members of the Orange Order. This group has hitherto attracted little scholarly attention. The thesis employs a close reading of primary sources, including manuscript collections, such as the Roden Papers in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, and published materials, such as books, newspapers, and parliamentary papers. It provides new and important insights on Roden and the involvement of the Ulster nobility and gentry in protestant religion and politics during the nineteenth century.

Thesis is embargoed until 31 July 2028.

Date of AwardJul 2023
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SponsorsNorthern Ireland Department for the Economy
SupervisorAndrew Holmes (Supervisor) & Crawford Gribben (Supervisor)


  • Protestantism
  • unionism
  • Orange Order
  • loyalism
  • conservatism
  • evangelicalism
  • landlordism
  • Ireland
  • nineteenth century
  • House of Lords

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