'United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland', 1801

The Act of Union with Ireland originated in the difficulties experienced by Britain in governing Ireland, and was designed to give Britain greater security during the war with France. The Irish Parliament was abolished and power transferred to Westminster, where Irish MPs had 100 seats (Protestant MPs in the Irish Parliament were offered titles and honours to persuade them to pass the Bill). Reproduced here is a record of the first meeting of Parliament following the Act of Union - George III now being referred to as king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
HLRO Original Journal, H.L. (22 January 1801)

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