The CATHOLIC RENT was a subscription that was paid monthly to the CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION in Ireland. It amount to one penny per month. This was a tactic used by Daniel O’Connell to raise money for his campaign to gain Catholic emancipation i.e. the right of Catholics to sit in Parliament at Westminster.
TO The Right Honourable,
THE EARL OF CALEDON
MY LORD - Having observed, with serious anxiety, the great irritation and alarm which has been produced by the levy of an impost, called THE CATHOLIC RENT, and by other proceedings of a Body, styling itself, THE CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION
We, the undersigned, request, that your Lordship, as Governor of the County of Tyrone, will, in the absence of the Sheriff, call a meeting of the Nobility, Gentry, Clergy, and Freeholders thereof, for the purpose of Petitioning Parliament, for the adoption of such measures as may protect this Country from the imminent dangers to which it is exposed, by the influence of that unconstitutional Body.
Signatory Signatory CASTLE STEWART Vesey KNOX A. G. STEWART, J. P. James CAUFIELD, Jun, Clk. James CAUFIELD John T. MURRAY, J. P. Francis A. GORE, Clk. John BUCK, D. D. R. C. ANKITELL Samuel WRIGHT, J. P. Robert LINDSAY, J. P. John James BURGOYNE, J. P. Wm MAULEVERER, Clk. Richard NASH, D. D. Francis BROWNLOW, Clk. James JONES, J. P. J. GALBRAITH, J. P. Robert EVANS, Clk. John SHEETER [SHUTER?] Jones CRAWFORD, J. P. Thos. STACK, J. P. Claud CREGAN, J. P. Edw. S. ROBERTS, J. P. Alexander CAMPBELL, J. P. Saml. GALBRAITH, J. P. Wm. GROVES, Clk. Edward MOORE, J. P. Wm. PETTIGREW Chas. RICHARDSON Hugh STEWART, J. P. James FALLS George VESEY, L. D. Mervyn STEWART Chas. R. SWAN, J. P. John D. ECCLES, J. P. James VERNER Wm. VERNER, J. P. Edward EVANS, J. P. Joseph GREER, J. P. John SINCLAIR William MURRAY. J. P Thomas CARPENDALE, Clk. Joshua CRUMP, J. P. Richard H. HORNER, Clk. James S. BLACKER, Clk. Henry CROSSLEY, J. P. Launt. DOWDALL, Clk. J. C. MOUTRAY, J. P. Thomas STAPLES, J. P. Francis GERVAISE, J. P. H. G. EDWARDS, J. P. Richard BAGWELL, Dean of Clogher J. B. STOREY, Clk. M. J. BURNSIDE, J. P. George LENDRUM, J. P. W. Lenox CONYNGHAM, J. P. Robert W. MAXWELL, J. P. Andrew NEWTON, J. P.
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In compliance with the above requisition, and for the purpose therein stated, I hereby convene a meeting of the Nobility, Gentry, Clergy and Freeholders of the County of Tyrone to be held in the County Court-House at Omagh, Tuesday, the 8th day of February, at twelve o‘clock precisely
Governor, County Tyrone
Caledon, 31st January, 1825
Further reading, although it relates to southern counties of Ireland, Ireland's Tithe War: Income for Protestant Clergy With Steep Price