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Begging, Charity and Religion in Pre-Famine Ireland$
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Ciarán McCabe

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941572

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941572.001.0001

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Measuring Begging and Alms-Giving

Measuring Begging and Alms-Giving

(p.64) 2 Measuring Begging and Alms-Giving
Begging, Charity and Religion in Pre-Famine Ireland

Ciarán McCabe

Liverpool University Press

Attempts to measure the extent of beggary and the amount doled out in alms to mendicants was part of a desire among the ‘respectable’ middling classes to understand the ‘problem’ of mendicancy. Merchants and social commentators sought to reduce the financial burden of beggary, and the Poor Law debates of the 1830s devoted much energy to the impact of indiscriminate alms-giving. The casual giving of alms far outweighed the amount subscribed to anti-begging charitable societies, yet the significance placed on the monetary impact of beggary was not shared by all social classes.

Keywords:   Begging, Alms-Giving, Charity, Measurements, Social Survey, Statistics, Shopkeepers

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