Famine

famine

Designs for Manorhamilton Union Workhouse, George Wilkinson Architect, 1840. Archival Code: 85/138.47 Irish Architectural Archive

Note from Maria Edgeworth (author), Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford. Archival Code: P1/17 Longford County Archives Service
Importance of the document: Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849) is a major figure in the history of English literature, and her novel Castle Rackrent (published in 1800) is often called the first 'regional novel'. While living in her ancestral home, Edgeworthstown House, during the Great Famine, she played an important part in the relief effort in the locality. When she wrote this note, Maria Edgeworth was aged eighty years. Even then, she was a person of remarkable energy and determination, and the brevity of the note, and her use of abbreviations, suggest urgency.

Famine Relief Commission: Selected documents from the temporary Relief Commission established in November 1845 in response to the failure of the potato crop.

Antrim: Incoming letter, Dunmurry Glebe, Co Antrim, 1847

Carlow: Incoming letter, Graignamanagh, Co. Carlow, 1847

Cork: Reports from County Inspectors, Skibbereen, Co Cork, 1847

Derry: Incoming letter, Parochial Constabulary Returns, Tamilaghtocrilly, Co Londonderry, 1846

Donegal: Incoming letter, Killybegs, Co Donegal, 1847

Fermanagh: Incoming letter, Garrison, Co Fermanagh, 1846

Galway: Reports from County Inspectors, Moycullen, Co Galway, 1846

Kerry: Parochial Constabulary Returns, Duagh, Co Kerry, 1846

Kildare: Incoming letter, Athy, Co Kildare, 1846

Laois: Incoming letter, Ballyuskill, Queen's County, 1847

Limerick: Reports from County Inspectors, Co Limerick, 1846

Longford: Incoming letter, Lanesboro, Co Longford, 1846

Louth: Incoming letter, Drogheda, Co Louth, 1847

Mayo: Incoming letter, Ballintubber, Co Mayo, 1847

Meath: Incoming letter, Kells, Co Meath, 1846

Roscommon: Parochial Constabulary Returns, Ardcarn, Co Roscommon, 1846

Tipperary: Reports from County Inspectors, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, 1847

Tyrone: Incoming letters, Caledon, Co Tyrone, 1847

Westmeath: Reports from County Inspectors, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, 1847

Wexford: Reports from County Inspectors, Gorey, Co Wexford, 1846

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