McDara Dwyer – The Irish Crime Explosion of the 1740’s: Its Origins, Course and the Response, 1736 – 1756

A one day Unconference to mark the Completion of the London Lives website

Event Date: 5 July 2010
De Havilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire

McDara Dwyer
The Irish Crime Explosion of the 1740’s: Its Origins, Course and the Response, 1736 – 1756

The Irish presence in eighteenth century London, despite being a community of some size and significance, has gone mainly unremarked in social histories pertaining the period in question. Yet, from the beginning of the second quarter of the century, as the ‘’convenient bonds of Union’’ greater tighter, there was discernable influx, mostly, but not entirely, proletarian in character, that made its presence felt in the city. It is proposed that this article shall attempt to rectify such neglect by focusing on the manifestation of this movement in its British, North Atlantic context, through the medium of material expressions of desperation, that is, crime, as enunciated in the Old Bailey records, the Ordinary’s Account and other polemical and statistical works published in the period. It is also envisaged that the twenty-minute paper shall not only cover the origins and course of the crime explosion, but the effects of such upon perceptions of the Irish and the social and political relationship between the two islands.

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