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William Johnston (1829 - 1902):
Politician


William Johnston was born in Ballykilbeg, County Down, and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was called to the Bar, but never practised. He joined the Orange Order in 1848, and was a prominent member throughout his life. In 1853 he began the publication of tracts, novels, and a newspaper, The Downshire Protestant, which ran from 1855 to 1862. In 1867 he was imprisoned under the Party Processions Act for heading an Orange parade on the 12th of July, from Newtownards to Bangor. He was an independent Orange member of parliament for Belfast from 1868 to 1878, when he was appointed Inspector of Fisheries. Because of his verbal attacks on Home Rule supporters and the Land League, he was dismissed. He served as member of parliament for South Belfast from 1885 until his death. [William Johnston of Ballykilbeg, Aiken McClelland, 1992]

Born: 22 February 1829
Died: 17 July 1902
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