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Elizabeth Fry & the Foundation of the Ladies Committee of the Poor House

By |March 13th, 2019|

On 13th March 1826 a meeting was called by Elizabeth Fry to encourage the women of Belfast to take an active role in the various charitable institutions within the town of Belfast. The women of Belfast agreed to write to the Poor House Committee for permission to set up a ‘Ladies Committee’ for ‘superintending the […]

National Apprenticeship Week 2019

By |March 7th, 2019|

This week marks ‘National Apprenticeship Week’ and we thought it would be fitting to look back at the activities of the Belfast Charitable Society, who were earlier pioneers of apprenticeship schemes in the Belfast area.
Between 1841 and 1846 there was never less than 100 children in the Poor House with a peak of 242 at […]

On This Day: The 1798 Rebellion and the return of the Poor House

By |March 4th, 2019|

A number of members of the Belfast Charitable Society were involved in the 1798 rebellion. Dr William Drennan, visiting physician to the Poor House, came up with the concept of an organisation to unite Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter, but stepped back from the organisation as it became more militant. Thomas McCabe, a prominent member of […]

Major redevelopment at Ardoyne shopfronts thanks to loan

By |February 20th, 2019|

Ardoyne’s shop fronts are to get a new lease of life with the assistance of the Building Better Futures Fund. The 0.1-acre derelict site has planning permission for a three-storey retail and office development.

The Ardoyne Youth Enterprise (AYE), a youth and community development organisation, which reaches out to young people on the streets of Ardoyne […]

John Mattear (1726/7-1806): A Philanthropic Physician

By |February 15th, 2019|

John Mattear, brother of Samuel McTier who married Martha Drennan, was a pioneer of medical care for the poor and destitute of Belfast. Mattear studied medicine in Glasgow and Edinburgh in the 1740s. He returned to Belfast and was the first visiting physician to be appointed to the Belfast Poor House.

The infirmary at the Poor […]

Patriot, Poet & Physician: Dr William Drennan M.A. M.D.

By |February 5th, 2019|

Dr William Drennan was the youngest son of Rev Thomas Drennan, minister of the First Presbyterian Church Belfast, and Anne Lennox. During this period Presbyterians were impacted by the Penal Codes, and as such many ‘sons of the manse’ attended university in Scotland. William Drennan studied arts in Glasgow (1772) and completed his medical studies […]

Thomas McCabe: Belfast Charitable Society Member, Goldsmith, Watchmaker & United Irishman

By |January 22nd, 2019|

Thomas McCabe was a goldsmith and cotton manufacturer who had a business in North Street. Together with Robert Joy and Captain McCracken he financed cotton spinning machinery for the Poor House to teach the children and women a skill. This proved so successful that McCabe, Joy and McCracken opened the first water powered mill in […]

‘North Belfast: Bricks & Mortals': Historical Lecture Series Returns to Clifton House this Spring

By |January 21st, 2019|

Our ever-popular lecture series returns to Clifton House this February – proudly supported by the Belfast Charitable Society, in partnership with the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

‘North Belfast Bricks & Mortals’ will explore the unique heritage of North Belfast, it’s buildings, people and the events that have shaped it. From the McCabe family and […]

#OnThisDay 1807: The Water Rate Collectors

By |January 17th, 2019|

The Belfast Charitable Society had been responsible for bringing water to Belfast from the 1790s. However, making water pipes from tree trunks, laying them and employing engineers to work out the most appropriate courses all came at a cost.

On this day (17th January) 1807 it was recorded that the Water Rate Collectors had been sent […]

#OnThisDay 1869: The (alleged) medicinal use of gin

By |January 16th, 2019|

In the mid-18th century gin was known as ‘mothers ruin’, and over a century later it was still frowned upon by the Belfast Charitable Society.

#OnThisDay 1869 James Boyd, a resident, had brought gin into the Poor House for an old lady. When he was caught James argued it was for medical purposes. The Steward felt […]