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The Impact of Military Demobilisation on Rising Irish Migration to London, c. 1750-1850

Crymble, Adam; (2023) The Impact of Military Demobilisation on Rising Irish Migration to London, c. 1750-1850. Irish Historical Studies (In press).

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Abstract

Irish soldiers demobilised in London after major eighteenth and early nineteenth century wars, were an important but overlooked source of unintentional Irish migrants to the capital. Their migration was linked to the centralised military pension system, which meant that servicemen in English regiments had to present themselves for a medical examination at one of Chelsea or Greenwich hospitals – both in the London area. A lack of provision available to then get these often very disabled and wounded men back home to Ireland meant that many stayed semi-permanently or permanently in London, and their presence can be measured decades later in the 1841 census. This challenges current understandings about the Irish diaspora in Britain by highlighting the role of the government in shepherding Irish men across the Irish Sea.

Type: Article
Title: The Impact of Military Demobilisation on Rising Irish Migration to London, c. 1750-1850
Publisher version: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/irish-hist...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Diaspora, Military History, Migration, London, Ireland
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10153519
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