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Monthly Archives: April 2020

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Evacuation: From Clifton House to Garron Tower

By |April 29th, 2020|

By the close of play on this day (29th April) 79 years ago, Clifton House was quiet and deserted. Only once prior to this time had the house been completely empty – that was in 1798. The army had cleared it in a rush in 1798 in a bid to flush out the radicals in […]

Death of an Apprentice: The Sad Tale of William Lacey

By |April 25th, 2020|

On 25th April 1812, it was reported by the Orderly that an “extraordinary meeting” of Belfast Charitable Society was held yesterday regarding the death of one of its apprentices. The boy in question was William Lacey who was first admitted into the Poorhouse, at the tender age of 7, in February 1803. In November 1809, […]

The Cholera Pandemic of 1832: Belfast’s first case

By |April 15th, 2020|

Although the Poor House preparations for the arrival of cholera had begun in December 1831, it was not until the end of February the following year that the first case of cholera was recorded in Belfast. A 34-year-old man called Brendan Murtagh died of the disease in Quay Lane. The knowledge of the first case […]

Easter in the Poor House

By |April 12th, 2020|

Easter has always been an important holiday, and it marked a time for family to come together and take part in the religious rituals surrounding the holiday. In preparation for Easter families would have had a ‘spring clean’ and a hearty meal was prepared for Easter Sunday, marking the end of Lent. Aspects of these […]

Funders pull together to support North Belfast students

By |April 6th, 2020|

We are currently in unprecedented times, which often leads to unprecedented responses. In the last few days, several funders have come together in a unique partnership to release at least £50,000 of funds to local post primary schools in North Belfast in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.  Led by Belfast Charitable Society, funding will also […]

The Cholera Pandemic of 1832: Preparations begin

By |April 4th, 2020|

Christmas Eve 1831 was not a festive one for the Belfast Charitable Society. Members of the Society had watched with trepidation as cholera marched through Russia, into Poland before spreading across the rest of Europe. That evening a resolution was passed stating on the first appearance of cholera in Belfast…
…that communication between the house and […]

Samuel Neilson (1761-1803): The Subversive Radical

By |April 2nd, 2020|

Samuel Neilson was a very successful Belfast businessman and an active member of the Charitable Society. He was an uncompromising social reformer who wished to improve Irish society for all. He was also an abolitionist and provided the freed slave Equaino with lodgings during his time in Belfast and  invited Equaino to speak at the […]