Town Book of the Corporation of Belfast (Paperback)

ISBN: 9781906578251
Publisher: Colourpoint Books
Dimensions: 170x232mm portrait
Cover: Softback
Illustration: Black and white
Pages: 368

Town Book of the Corporation of Belfast (Paperback)

By Robert M Young



The Town Book of the Corporation of Belfast is the key original source for history of the town in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, and vital for our understanding of Irish history during the same period. The Corporation was the ruling administrative body of the town and the original manuscript recording their decisions, as well as the list of Freemen - the men who were admitted as citizens - runs to 400 pages. The matters dealt with ranged from day-to-day administration and regulation to defence of the town at times of threat, such as during the 1640s.

From the information contained within the Town Book we can get a picture of life in Belfast in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Decisions regulating trade and building, lighting and policing, give us a glimpse of a period for which there are very few other sources.

R.M. Young transcribed and published the work in 1892, adding extensive notes and commentary along with a charming series of illustrations. This book is a full facsimile of that edition - making a seminal resource available once again in affordable form.

Also included is the foldout bird’s-eye view of Belfast in 1890, with historical information overlaid, which emphasises the progress that had been made in the previous two centuries.

Publication supported by Belfast City Council.

A hardback edition is also available for collectors and libraries.

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