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There were eleven children in all: Admiral Stewart's mother, Parnell's great-grandmother, belonged to the Tudor family, so Parnell had a distant relationship with the British Royal Family.
John Henry Parnell himself was a cousin of one of Ireland's leading aristocrats, Viscount Powerscourtand also the grandson of a Chancellor of the Exchequer in Grattan's ParliamentSir John Parnellwho lost office in when he opposed the Act of Union.
Thus, from birth, Charles Stewart Parnell possessed an extraordinary number of links to many elements of society; he was linked to the old Irish Parliamentary tradition via his great-grandfather and grandfather, to the American War of Independence via his grandfather, to the War of where his grandfather Charles Stewart — had been awarded a gold medal by the United States Congress for gallantry in the U.
Parnell belonged to the Church of Irelanddisestablished in its members mostly unionists though in later years he began to drop away from formal church attendance;  and he was connected with the aristocracy through the Powerscourts.
Yet it was as a leader of Irish Nationalism that Parnell established his fame. Parnell's parents separated when he was six, and as a boy he was sent to different schools in England, where he spent an unhappy youth.
His father died in and he inherited the Avondale estate, while his older brother John inherited another estate in Armagh. The young Parnell studied at Magdalene College, Cambridge —69 but, due to the troubled financial circumstances of the estate he inherited, he was absent a great deal and never completed his degree.
Their travels took them mostly through the South and apparently the brothers neither spent much time in centres of Irish immigration nor sought out Irish-Americans. Inhe became High Sheriff of Wicklowhis home county in which he was also an officer in the Wicklow militia.
He was noted as an improving landowner who played an important part in opening the south Wicklow area to industrialisation. It was in support of this movement that Parnell first tried to stand for election in Wicklow, but as high sheriff was disqualified.
He failed again in as home rule candidate in a County Dublin by-election. Historian Kevin Flynn reports: When Gladstone came to know him in later years, he was astonished to find that Parnell was ignorant even of the basic facts of Irish history. The romantic vision that characterised Young Ireland and the Fenians escaped him completely.
He knew little of figures like Sarsfield, Tone or Emmett and even appeared unsure of who won the Battle of the Boyne. He subsequently sat for the constituency of Youghal, Cork from until During his first year Parnell remained a reserved observer of parliamentary proceedings.
He first came to attention in the public eye when in he claimed in the Commons that he did not believe that any murder had been committed by Fenians in Manchester. This drew the interest of the Irish Republican Brotherhood IRBa physical force Irish organisation that had staged a rebellion in He engaged with them and played a leading role in a policy of obstructionism  i.
Obstruction involved giving lengthy speeches which were largely irrelevant to the topic at hand. This behaviour was opposed by the less aggressive chairman leader of the Home Rule League, Isaac Butt.
Parnell visited America that year accompanied by O'Connor Power. The question of his closeness to the IRB, and whether indeed he ever joined the organisation, has been a matter of academic debate for a century. The evidence suggests that later, following the signing of the Kilmainham TreatyParnell did take the IRB oath, possibly for tactical reasons.
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His ministry was dogged with problems and was called 'Ministry of All the Troubles'. Affairs in Ireland came to dominate the ministry, and it was partly due to these that he lost power in June