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National Allotment Week 2017

By |August 15th, 2017|

Allotments are a valuable resource to individuals and community groups who take immense pride in their up keep and produce. This National Allotment Week gives us the opportunity to have a look at the allotments and gardens at the Poor House and how they were used to benefit the residents.

The Belfast Charitable Society knew how […]

#OTD 1874 – Edward Benn Passed Away

By |August 3rd, 2017|

Edward Benn was born in Tandragee, County Armagh, in 1798. Edward and his brother George and began working in the brewing trade in Downpatrick, County Down. Later they moved to the Glenravel estate in Antrim where they distilled potatoes. They also made their fortune through iron ore which was found in the hills […]

#OTD 1771 – The Foundation Stone of the Poor House is Laid

By |August 1st, 2017|

On 1st August 1771 Stewart Banks, Sovereign of Belfast, laid the foundation stone of the new Poor House. He lived next door to the Donegal Arms Hotel in Castle Place, a place where the Belfast Charitable Society regularly met prior to the opening of the Poor House. The Newsletter reported the momentous occasion of […]

#OTD1866 – The Passing Of Mary Ann McCracken

By |July 26th, 2017|

On this day in 1866 the people of Belfast learnt of the death of Mary Ann McCracken. She had lived through some of the most turbulent years of Irish history including the 1798 rebellion, the Great Famine and the Industrial Revolution. Passing away aged 96, Mary Ann lived into a period where photography was becoming […]

#OTD 1798 – The Hanging of Henry Joy McCracken

By |July 17th, 2017|

It was on 8th July 1798 Henry Joy McCracken was recognised by Carrickfergus Yeoman and arrested for his part in the 1798 Rebellion. He had been on his way to a ship at Carrickfergus which was going to take him to a new life in America, but it was not to be. When […]

Bastille Day – Celebrating France In Belfast

By |July 14th, 2017|

Captain John McCracken was enchanted by all things French. He spent considerable time back and forward from Bordeaux, transporting wine for his employer, the Black family. He had been held prisoner in France in the mid 1700s, but it did not diminish his admiration for the French people. When French prisoners […]

The Belfast Ballast Board & The Belfast Poor House

By |July 12th, 2017|

The Belfast Ballast Board (now the Belfast Harbour Commissioners) was set up in 1785 under an Act of Parliament designed to cleansing the ports, harbours and rivers of Belfast, Cork, Galway, Sligo and Drogheda. It was under this 1785 Act the new Ballast Board took a role in the upkeep of the Belfast Charitable […]

The Great Famine & The Poor House

By |July 10th, 2017|

The Great Famine of 1845 – 1851 had horrific consequences for Ireland and much has been written about the plight of victims. Looking through the archives of the Belfast Charitable Society, in many instances earlier famines of the 1810’s and 1820’s had a greater effect on the running of the Poor House as there […]

#OTD1770 The Birth Of Mary Ann McCracken

By |July 8th, 2017|

On this day 247 years ago, Mary Ann McCracken was born to Anne McCracken (Nee Joy) and Captain John McCracken. She was the sixth child born to the couple and it is widely accepted that she was born into a family rich with affection, enjoyment and fun. She was well educated at the […]

Market Day In Belfast

By |July 5th, 2017|

The Belfast Charitable Society had many roles and responsibilities in the town of Belfast in the early 18th Century. One of the functions they performed was checking the weights and measures on Market Day and generally ensuring the smooth running of transactions. If traders were found to be in any fraudulent in their […]