Notes by John Radcliffe
The COVENANTER, the organ of the League of British Covenanters, which appeared for the first time yesterday, contained the following poem by Mr Rudyard Kipling.The poem is listed in ORG as verse No. 1003 (p. 5440). It is collected in:
It has been suggested that Rudyard not only demonstrated his commitment to the cause but also his considerable wealth when he contributed £30,000 (the same as the millionaire Waldorf Astor) to a secret fund for the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force. While there is no evidence to substantiate this it was clear to everyone else if not to him that the money was going to buy German arms. [Lycett notes that this is stated in John Monroe's biography of Lord Milner, who alao signed the Covenant]It was just as well that after August 1914 the issue of Irish Home Rule was shelved because of the over-riding imperatives of the war with Germany, in which many thousands of Irishmen, Catholic and Protestant, fought and died in the British armies. When Home Rule came in December 1922. six of the nine counties of Ulster remained psrt of the United Kingdom, a source of dissent to this day.