1798 – The 1780s and 90s saw times of great change for Ireland. A list of Belfast reformers and radicals would, in effect, be a roll call of almost all people of property in the town and it would be difficult to find one of them who had not been involved to some degree with […]
1795 – 1797 – The Society decided to open a cemetery in Belfast primarily as a means of generating income. It was referred to as the New Burying Ground and is now known as Clifton Street Cemetery. Plots were advertised in March 1797 and the committee agreed to set some of the ground aside ‘for […]
Dr William Drennan was a physician, a poet and a revolutionary. . He was a gifted doctor, introducing a smallpox inoculation programme into the Poor House in 1782. It was 1798 before Edward Jenner published his paper on vaccines and innoculations. Dr Drennan was a literary man and a prolific poet. It is said that […]
1777 – It could be said that it was in Clifton House that Ireland’s industrial revolution began. Society member Robert Joy along with Nicholas Grimshaw, a cotton printer, set out on a tour of parts of England and Scotland in search of ideas for finding employment for inmates of the Poor House. On this trip […]
1776 – The first inmates in the Poor House were well behaved but later some caused trouble. A resolution was passed to ‘have a proper place fitted up as a ‘Black Hole’ for the confinement of delinquents and vagrants’. Payments were made to those who brought in vagrants (beggars) and eventually two full-time beadles, […]
1774 – Construction of the Poor House was completed and its doors were opened to Belfast’s poor. In the same year, the Irish Parliament passed a law to regulate the relief of the poor – a law more concerned with punishing beggars than making adequate financial provision for them.
Under the 1774 Act, vagrants (beggars) were […]
1773 – Since the launch of the fundraising lottery campaign, it took over 20 years to raise the full funds needed for complete the building of the Poor House. Eventually, the revenue from ticket sales combined with private donations generated the £7,000 required to complete the construction.
1773 – Since the launch of the fundraising lottery campaign, it took over 20 years to raise the full funds needed to complete the building of the Poor House. Eventually, the revenue from ticket sales combined with private donations generated the £7,000 required to complete the construction.
1771 – Finally as the Belfast News Letter reported, on August 1771 the foundation stone for the Belfast Poor House was ceremonially laid.
“Yesterday; a large Body of the princial Inhabitants of this Town assembled at the Market-House, from whence they proceeded to the Ground allotted for the Poor-House and Infirmary; where Stewart Banks, Esq,; Sovereign […]