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Irish LondonMiddle-Class Migration in the Global Eighteenth Century$
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Craig Bailey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318818

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318818.001.0001

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Irish in the Domestic Way

Irish in the Domestic Way

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(p.122) 4 Irish in the Domestic Way
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Irish London
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Craig Bailey

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318818.003.0005

This chapter examines the life and career of William Hickey, whose memoirs are a unique source that illuminates the geography of interconnected spaces where middle-class migrants made and remade Irish connections. William Hickey's first home was in the West-End of London, where members of other Irish households in the city paid regular visits. The constant traffic of Irish friends and family through their home, kept the Hickeys active in an Irish community that William depended on for advice, information, introductions, and financial support. Working from this Irish base, William Hickey learned how to negotiate personal and professional relationships, and he relied on those strategies to facilitate his later career as an attorney in the colonies. This chapter follows Hickey as he journeyed to Jamaica, settled in India, and returned to London to retire. As he moved through life and from place to place, Hickey organized Irish connections to create the pathways he proceeded along. Hickey capitalized on long-standing ties his father and friends like Edmund Burke had with Irish lawyers in Kingston and Calcutta who came to regard him as a member of their own families. When he entered these households, Hickey was taking steps to advance his own career, but by doing so, he was also revitalizing the Irish communities to which he belonged.

Keywords:   William Hickey, Edmund Burke, Jamaica, India, Lawyer, Attorney

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