Declaration of Independence






"Call this war by whatever name you may," observed one Hessian officer of the American Revolution, "it is nothing more or less than a Scotch Irish Presbyterian rebellion."

At least nine of the signatories of the American Declaration of Independence
were of Ulster-Scots descent:

Thomas Jefferson
John Hancock
William Whipple
Robert Paine
Thomas McKean
Thomas Nelson
Matthew Thornton
George Taylor
Edward Rutledge

Charles Thompson, a native of Maghera in County Londonderry, was given the task of transcribing the document. Thompson held the office of Perpetual Secretary to the Continental Congress in America.

John Dunlap, born in Ulster, had the honour of printing the first copies of the Declaration. After these copies were distributed, the first public reading of the Declaration was performed by a Colonel John Nixon, whose father was Ulster-born.

The first newspaper to publish the full text of the Declaration of Independence was the Belfast News Letter, known today as Northern Ireland's leading daily newspaper. News of the historic document and its signing traveled so quickly to Belfast, Ireland, that the citizens of Belfast knew of the proclamation even before King George III.

"If all else fails, I will retreat up the valley of Virginia, plant my flag on the Blue Ridge, rally around the Scotch-Irish of that region and make my last stand for liberty amongst a people who will never submit to British tyranny whilst there is a man left to draw a trigger."
George Washington at Valley Forge