Category Archives: USA

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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The Yankees Aren’t Coming – Important Limerick Heritage Site May Soon Be Gone With The Wind

-> Updates at the bottom of the post! <- In the mid-nineteenth century, most of the uniforms that were worn by British soldiers in the Crimean War, and Confederate soliders in the American Civil War, were made in Peter Tait’s … 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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The City of Spindles

From the 1840s on, emigration from Ireland caused by the Great Famine, meant that the newly industrialized cotton mills in America had a fresh supply of single women (many widows), skilled in textile arts, who needed work. The mills were … Continue reading

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