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Drumbo Soup Kitchen Daybook
A daybook listing daily receipts and expenditures from December 1846 to March 1848.
Ireland's Great Famine began in 1845 when the potato crop, the main food of much of the population, was destroyed by a potato blight. This blight occurred in some of the following years, leading to many deaths and also mass emigration. Among relief measures, soup kitchens were set up in many parts of Ireland in 1846, mostly by Quakers.
This daybook is a 32-page notebook listing expenditures for items such as soup ingredients, and receipts for cash subscriptions, with subsribers' names. The pages are headed with the following: "Dr. James Orr, Treasurer to the Drumbo Soup Kitchen."
There are a number of places named Drumbo in Ireland, in counties Cavan, Down, Monaghan and Fermanagh. It is likely that this Drumbo is in County Down, but this has not been confirmed.
Along with the notebooks is a sheet of printed tickets with the following text: "Drumbo: Soup Kitchen: One Ration. Paid, One Penny."