Wednesday, 26 November, 2014 - 16:30 to 17:30

Dr Catherine Cox, University College Dublin and Professor Hilary Marland, University of Warwick

With University of Edinburgh Irish History seminar series

This paper explores the migratory patterns of Irish patients into and through the Lancashire asylum system in the later 19th century. Asylum medical superintendents referred specifically to the pressure placed by the Irish on what were to become severely overcrowded institutions. Many Irish migrants ended up in asylums after periods spent ‘wandering’ across England or the globe. Pressure on the asylums was exacerbated by the intake of lunatics returned from North America to Lancashire. The paper will couple the big picture of the impact of the Irish on asylums and their management to individual stories of movement through migration, the search for work, destitution and confinement.

This is an Edinburgh History of Medicine Group event, a collaboration between the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh.