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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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Civil Parishes’ Responses to Begging

Civil Parishes’ Responses to Begging

(p.127) 4 Civil Parishes’ Responses to Begging
Begging, Charity and Religion in Pre-Famine Ireland

Ciarán McCabe

Liverpool University Press

The decades immediately before the Great Famine witnessed a significant shift in the civil role of the parish vestry in Ireland and a related transformation in how communities managed beggary in their locality. From the seventeenth century parishes throughout Ireland oversaw systems of licenced parochial badging for local ‘deserving’ beggars, yet this practice was largely phased out by the mid-nineteenth century. Parochial officials included officers of health, whose responsibilities included the removal of iterant beggars from local thoroughfares for the purpose of mitigating the spread of epidemic disease.

Keywords:   Parishes, Badges, Beggars, Officers of Health, Constables

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