Category Archives: eighteenth century

Abundantly Happy When They Can Afford An Athlone Hat

Do you remember this post I wrote about Swift’s 1720 pamphlet called the Proposal for the Universal Use of Irish Manufacture? Well, here is another quote from it: I think it needless to exhort the clergy to follow this good … Continue reading

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I Find My Soul Knit to These Poor Sheep

Elizabeth Bennis. Picture cropped from the cover of her edited diary, which you can buy very cheaply here. Elizabeth Patten was born in Limerick in 1725. The Pattens were an upper-middle-class Presbyterian family, headed by Isaac (d.1743). At the age of … Continue reading

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To Drag Free Citizens to the Tenter-fields, and There to Torment Them

Possibly the only portrait of John Rocque – this upperclass man with his ‘way-wiser’ is drawn in his map of Middlesex – source. In 1754, John Rocque came to Dublin. In 1756, he produced the four-sheet Exact survey of the city and suburbs … Continue reading

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A Law to Cut Off All Our Weavers’ Fingers

Irish ten pound banknote, one of the series issued between 1976 and 1982, featuring Jonathan Swift and the Dublin City Council coat of arms. An economy-themed image of Swift FTW! In 1720, Jonathan Swift published a pamphlet called Proposal for the … Continue reading

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Press Down The Lumps, The Hollows Fill

Jonathan Swift, Irish-born Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, was 67 when he wrote a poem called A Beautiful Young Nymph Going To Bed, about a prostitute taking off her work persona (her clothes, makeup, wig) at the end … Continue reading

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Gossip

On 24 March 1793, Lady Mary Boyle Roche wrote a letter (National Library of Ireland Manuscript 5391). In it, she described Lady Pamela Fitzgerald (pictured above) who had just married Lord Edward Fitzgerald a mere three months previously. I came … Continue reading

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Lost Property

The Dublin Chronicle, 16-18 May 1771, page 3, carried an advertisement of a list of clothes which had been stolen from a home near Christ Church in Dublin, when a window was left open in the summer of 1771. Half a … Continue reading

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