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Ireland in 1790 was in theory a separate kingdom to Britain. It was ruled by the British monarch, as it had been for hundreds of years, but had a Parliament of its own in Dublin which since 1782 had the right to pass its own legislation. The large majority of the population were Catholic but since the late seventeenth century and the passing of the 'Penal Laws', all political power was reserved for Anglo-Irish members of the Protestant Church of Ireland. It was during the Regency period that simmering unrest at this state of affairs was to explode in the Rebellion of 1798.