Category Archives: linen

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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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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The Most An Attentive Spinster Could Earn

Photo source. The 1830s decline of the cotton, linen, and wool industries coincided with the Poor Law Commissions, a series of inquiries which were intended to shape the Poor Law Act of 1838. In Mayo, a Reverend Peter Ward told … Continue reading

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Something Very Different From The New York Shoddy

-> New information added at bottom of post! <- It was this very interesting blog post (“Clothing the Confederacy: Taits of Limerick”) from the fantastic site Irish in the American Civil War that alerted me to the existence of Tait jackets. … Continue reading

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One Stiff Gown For Sunday

In 1765, Lady Arabella Denny founded the first Magdalen Asylum in Ireland, for Protestant ‘fallen women and penitent prostitutes’ in Lower Leeson Street in Dublin. A year previous to this she had been awarded the Freedom of the City of … Continue reading

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Rebellion

The 1798 Rebellion, or Rising, was an uprising in Ireland against British rule, which was inspired by the ideals of the American and French revolutions. It was mainly organised by a group called the United Irishmen. Around 10,000 people died … Continue reading

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Rise and Fall

York Street Mill, Belfast, around 1880. The original cotton mill burned down in 1828 and rebuilt as a flax mill. I’ve been reading up on the industrialization (or not, as the case actually was) of the Irish cotton spinning industry. … Continue reading

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