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World Water Day 2016


Supplying water to Belfast was fraught with difficulties. One of the most difficult was Lord Donegall withdrawing permissions to use some of the springs which were on his land (he own the majority of Belfast at this time.) On 29th April 1837 the Society wrote this extremely apologetic letter to his Lordship in an effort to persuade him to change his mind and allow the springs to be used for the good of Belfast. "I am deputed by the Committee of the Belfast Charitable Society to express the great pain they have felt at receiving your Lordship's letter on the 24th [...]

World Water Day 20162020-06-16T14:58:03+00:00

Mary Ann McCracken & The Poor House


International Women's Day 2016 We are holding a presentation next Tuesday 8th March at 11.00am with tea, coffee and scones looking at Mary Ann McCracken and her significant role in caring for the children of the Poor House. The presentation will be delivered by Louise Canavan, the Society’s Archivist and will last for around one hour allowing you the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the presentation. Places are free but limited so please advise us if you or your group are able to attend and any access requirements you may have. RSVP by 5pm Thursday 3 March 2016 to

Mary Ann McCracken & The Poor House2020-06-16T14:58:51+00:00

Mental Health Care & The Poor House


This is an extract from the presentation given to the Royal College of Psychiatrists on 27th January 2016: It was not envisaged in 1774 that the Poor House would take people with severe mental health problems, however because of a lack of any viable alternative they felt it necessary to provide some level of care.  In January 1802 it was ordered that “2 rooms in this house be appropriated for the reception of such deranged persons as belong to & have resided 2 years, in this Town.”  Pressure was constantly applied to the Poor House to take more and more cases.  [...]

Mental Health Care & The Poor House2016-01-28T14:44:33+00:00

Australia Day At The Belfast Charitable Society


While completing some research work on the Belfast Charitable Society and the Poor House I came across a document in PRONI which referenced a young boy, William Daly having been sent to the Poor House in 1825 as his mother Sarah Cramshee [sic] was sent for transportation. I haven’t been able to find much out about William, however I have been more successful in tracking down what happened to his mother. Sarah Cramsie was born in 1799 and appears to have had two sons. She was sentenced in 1825 for robbery in the street and was taken to Cork. She was [...]

Australia Day At The Belfast Charitable Society2016-01-26T11:23:35+00:00
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