“Every True Friend and Lover of His Country”: Philanthropy and Soldiers’ Children in Eighteenth-Century Ireland

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Date(s) - 04/11/2017
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

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IUPUI University Hall, Room 3011

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This talk is a part of the Philanthropy Research Workshops series and discusses “Every True Friend and Lover of His Country”: Philanthropy and Soldiers’ Children in Eighteenth-Century Ireland.

Eighteenth-century Ireland was beset by social problems; it was also filled with well-meaning philanthropically inclined individuals who were convinced that the solution to those problems lay in uniting the concepts of voluntary societies and joint-stock corporations to create voluntary charitable societies. This paper focuses on one particular social problem and the philanthropic attempts to solve it- soldiers’ children. In order to ensure political stability for the Protestant elite eighteenth century Ireland was home to thousands of British soldiers, stationed throughout the country. Those soldiers in turn fathered a number of children with Catholic Irish women, much to the concern of the Protestant Anglo-Irish ruling class. The relationship between the native Irish, the Anglo-Irish, and the occupying army was a complex one as illustrated by the contemporary concern over soldiers’ children. This paper will examine how the Anglo-Irish responded to the problem of soldiers’ children and the charitable institutions that they constructed to ‘rescue’ these children.

The Philanthropy Research Workshop is the new name for the workshop formerly known as WIMPS, a venue for presenting academic research prior to publication. The purposes of the workshop are to help students and early career faculty develop as scholars, to build a sense of community and shared knowledge, and to build the research reputation of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

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