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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 […]

Poor House Infirmary: a case of ‘scald head’

By |January 9th, 2019|

The Charitable Society had resolved to set up Belfast’s first hospital  at its inaugural meeting in 1752. The hospital formed part of the original Poor House complex which finally opened in 1774. A string of prominent physicians and surgeons served the destitute and ill in the hospital including Dr William Drennan (founder of the United […]

Fleas in the Poor House

By |January 3rd, 2019|

January 1809 witnessed a resurgence in an issue which had plagued the Poor House… the presence of fleas in the bedrooms! This had been an issue from the earliest days of the Poor House as in July 1775 David Hackett’s bed was recorded as being “overrun with vermin”.

This was in a period before there was pest control […]

136th Benn Christmas Dinner: the brothers behind the name

By |December 19th, 2018|

Today, 19th December 2018, marks the 136th annual Benn Christmas Dinner. But who were the Benn family and what was their association with the Belfast Charitable Society?

Edward (1798-1874) and George Benn (1801-1882), like many who supported the Belfast Poor House combined their keen business sense with a philanthropic spirit. The brothers originally came from Tandragee, […]

James Irwin, the House of Correction & Clifton Street Cemetery

By |December 15th, 2018|

On this day 185 years ago (15th December 1833) James Irwin was buried in the ‘New Burying Ground’, today known as Clifton Street Cemetery. He died aged 68 of cancer.

James was born c.1765 in Wellbrook, County Tyrone and moved to the town of Belfast where he resided with his family at Great Patrick Street. The […]

Dr Robert Stevenson: Poor House physcian & Benefactor

By |December 8th, 2018|

One of the first doctors in Belfast to offer their support to the Poor House by providing medical care to the poor for free was Dr Robert Stevenson. Dr Stevenson was called on to set broken legs and treat cancers in the Poor House.

Dr Stevenson was kept busy with work in the Poor House in […]

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

By |December 2nd, 2018|

Today marks International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. The notion of slavery tends to bring us back to African slaves brought to America, however slavery continues as 21st Century problem.  The Belfast Charitable Society of the 18th and 19th centuries found themselves caught in the controversy surrounding this abhorrent trade.

Much of the conflict regarding […]