Charles Stewart Parnell Jilted by American Heiress

General Urko

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A History Ireland article, which I just read, highlighted a serious relationship between Charles 'Charley' Parnell and a very wealthy American Heiress, Abigail Woods, who met each other in Paris in 1870.
Though they were considered to be engaged, it seems that her family got around her, to break it off with this commoner, who was basically nothing but a Paddy Landlord Pleb whose family only had 5,000 acres!:rolleyes:
He was certainly put out by being jilted and in the long run, her marriage was not a great success and she seems to have regretted not tying the knot with the man, who became The Uncrowned King of Ireland!

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"If they had been married in the 1870s, then Parnell would have been able to devote his full energies and peerless political skills to Home Rule without the serious hindrances that he faced. Abby would have moved with him to Ireland and might have helped to bankroll his campaign. Instead of fracturing over the O’Shea divorce, Parnell and his allies might have gained Home Rule in the 1880s or ’90s. Yet, even if Home Rule remained out of reach because of British opposition, constitutional nationalists would have been dominant in Irish politics while revolutionaries such as the Fenians and their successors, the Irish Republican Army, would likely have been at the margins."

It has the makings of a great Irish Counterfactual, if they got married, would it have changed the course of Irish History?

Of course he did not enter The Commons until 1875, so he may not have even become an MP, if he was busy being a dutiful husband in the first place!
 


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She was described as 'beautiful', I suppose aesthetic standards vary quite a bit over time, Charley was 6 ft 3 ins, which would have been very tall for the time!
According to the article she had a huge worry because she was 21 and was facing ending up on the shelf!:rolleyes:
 

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A History Ireland article, which I just read, highlighted a serious relationship between Charles 'Charley' Parnell and a very wealthy American Heiress, Abigail Woods, who met each other in Paris in 1870.
Though they were considered to be engaged, it seems that her family got around her, to break it off with this commoner, who was basically nothing but a Paddy Landlord Pleb whose family only had 5,000 acres!:rolleyes:
He was certainly put out by being jilted and in the long run, her marriage was not a great success and she seems to have regretted not tying the knot with the man, who became The Uncrowned King of Ireland!

History Ireland

Quote From The History Ireland Article -

"If they had been married in the 1870s, then Parnell would have been able to devote his full energies and peerless political skills to Home Rule without the serious hindrances that he faced. Abby would have moved with him to Ireland and might have helped to bankroll his campaign. Instead of fracturing over the O’Shea divorce, Parnell and his allies might have gained Home Rule in the 1880s or ’90s. Yet, even if Home Rule remained out of reach because of British opposition, constitutional nationalists would have been dominant in Irish politics while revolutionaries such as the Fenians and their successors, the Irish Republican Army, would likely have been at the margins."

It has the makings of a great Irish Counterfactual, if they got married, would it have changed the course of Irish History?

Of course he did not enter The Commons until 1875, so he may not have even become an MP, if he was busy being a dutiful husband in the first place!
The Fenians and the Irish Volunteers were at the margins anyway and it was the inability of the constitutionalists to bring in HR that was the main point of fracture.

The Brits were opposed to HR and would not have changed whoever Parnell married or divorced and no HR lead directly to 1916.
 

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If you wanted some kind of counter factual history you'd have to change things on the British side. Parnell marrying this woman may have changed his own personal circumstances, but it wouldn't have changed a thing politically.
 

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In those days women in high society lacked the power to make this kind of decision independently of their family without facing societal ostracism. A daughter was expected to get permission from a father for her marriage.
 

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So what was it first attracted bearded Parnell to the wealthy heiress?
 


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