I was doing a bit of research into family history recently, what with the 1911 census going online, and ended up cross-checking relatives against the list of signatories to Carson's Ulster Covenant of 1912, which the Public Records Office in the North also offer online.
I very quickly established that a number of my relatives who were definitely kids at the time had signed the Covenant.
So my query is this: out of the half million or so signatures on the Covenant, how many were duplicates, or signed by children?
Did Carson really have a half million people behind him? How heavily were the figures massaged upwards?