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Belfast Poor House

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#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 […]

#OTD1793 New Public Dispensary For Belfast

By |July 3rd, 2017|

In April 1793, members of the Belfast Charitable Society had felt the need for a public dispensary in Belfast was great. They had submitted a notice to the Belfast Newsletter resolving to open the dispensary and called upon the “support and patronage of our fellow-Citizens.” It was agreed on 3rd July 1793 that […]

Education in the Poor House

By |June 27th, 2017|

As we come to the end of the academic year, it is the perfect time to look back on the children of the Poor House and education offered to them.

The first child was admitted to the Poor House in 1775 almost by accident.  Ann Curran entered the infirmary and stayed for five months.  She sought […]

Seafarers Awareness Day 2017

By |June 24th, 2017|

Captain John McCracken, father of Henry Joy and Mary Ann McCracken, was a seafarer by trade. It was said that the Belfast skyline of those days was broken only by the spire of the Poor House, the cupola of St Anne’s Church, the Market House belfry and when Captain McCracken’s ship was in port her […]

World Music Day

By |June 21st, 2017|

Music and the Poor House may not be an obvious connection, however, it played an important role in both the funding and the education offered within the House.  In order to secure funds for the running of the House various dramatic and musical performances were held both in the Board Room of the Poor House […]