Beautifully written, Ron! 
Thank you so much.  


    On Friday, October 26, 2018 9:20 AM, Liz Fitzgerald via CoTyroneList 
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 #yiv6592541155 P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}Thank you. This paints a 
picture for me of my ancestors. Love it.From: CoTyroneList 
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Subject: [CoTyroneMailingList] Observations on the Inhabitants of Clogher 
Parish, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland 1833-5 Hello Listers; There has been 
recent interest expressed in the lives of our Tyrone forbears (thanks to Elwyn) 
and here is an extract from the Ordnance Survey Memoirs of the 1820s-30s that 
offers some observations on living conditions in Clogher parish. Having read 
through many of the memoirs covering the parishes of Co. Tyrone, this report 
could be applied similarly to all parishes. Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia  
PEOPLE42nd: There is very little order, cleanliness, or neatness in general to 
be found either in the houses or of the more wealthy farmers or in the cottages 
of the poor. The turf stack often approaches within a few yards of the door and 
thus intersects the view and stops the currency of the air. The yard in front 
of the house is full of the odour of the cow house and stable, for they are 
often built in the very front and sometime adjoining the dwellinghouse. The 
lanes and approaches to the house are narrow, rough and filthy in the extreme. 
Within no order is visible; you may see pigs and fowls eating in the kitchen 
and everything is dirty and confused, the furniture a few pots and noggins, a 
stool or a broken chair. The potatoes at meals are thrown out in a basket and 
so laid on the table or on a stool, and the whole family gather round, master, 
mistress, children and servants in a mass, and eat out of the basket without 
knife, fork or any appendage at meals. A man who can give his daughter in 
marriage 50 or 100 pounds will live in this manner. But this is not universally 
the case: sometimes everything is seen comfortable, neat and clean, both within 
and without the farmhouse, the furniture good and decent, the kitchen neatly 
tiled, the outside of the house well whitewashed and thatched, the yard and 
lanes about the house in good repair and clean. It is, however, to be regretted 
that very few instances occur where this order and decency is observed. 
FOOD44th: Potatoes and milk is the general food of the farmers of this barony, 
for breakfast, dinner and supper during 9 months of the year. This is sometimes 
varied by a bit of bacon for dinner, sometimes butter and oaten bread or eggs 
are added to the potatoes for dinner. In 3 of the summer months when potatoes 
begin to fail, stirabout or flummery is substituted for potatoes, for breakfast 
or supper.45th: The same report will serve for the manufacturing class and 
tradespeople.46th: Potatoes and milk, or when milk grows scarce potatoes or 
herrings, or potatoes and salt is almost the only food of the poor inhabitants 
during the entire year. Occasionally a little stirabout is added for supper or 
breakfast in the summer months. EDUCATION47th: There is certainly a general 
desire of instruction in all classes of the people, both Protestants and Roman 
Catholics. The poor are anxious to teach their children reading, writing and 
arithmetic, and although the facilities for the education of the Roman 
Catholics is not so great as for the Protestants, being hindered by their 
priests from attending Sunday and other schools, yet there is certainly a 
desire in the minds even of the Roman Catholics for the education of their 
children.48th: The children of the poor pay for their education according to 
the following rates: for spelling and reading, for writing for arithmetic, for 
book-keeping [blank]49th: It is believed that there is at least an improvement 
in the morals and cleanliness of children attending Sunday Schools. They are 
not permitted to attend unless they are clean and they are expelled if any 
gross immorality be committed. It is also hoped that there is in the 
inhabitants in general, a greater respect for the laws, fewer quarrels and less 
fighting than formerly  Sent from Mail for Windows 10 
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