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What happened to the clergyman? — 4 Comments

  1. I was looking at the Tithe books for ’27 and it seems the parish was returning somewhere north of £412. It also seems his father held the position before him, and that he was his father’s curate. What’s odd in that area though is there are two parishes like nesting dolls with Rathsaran inside Rathdowney held by a chap named Nixon.
    What is that data you reference. There’s great chunks missing. And some of the parishes don’t connect to anything. Are some subsets of St Patrick’s, or even the crown.

    I has a decko at the place in France too. There’s a 19th century neo classical building in the town and it really doesn’t look like anything you’d normally see down thataways. More Swiss really, until you enter the upper town when it reverts to the norm of narrow lanes and pinched turns.

    And generally on the topic. I was in the graveyard of the Whitechurch near Carrick-on-Suir and found a tomb to Georginia who died in Rome three months after getting married. She was well connected with what might be termed the 2nd rank in the upper reaches of the upperclass in England.

  2. My Internet search was brief. A search for “Bredin” and “Rathdowney” brought the details of the value of the living. The area would have suffered significantly in the Famine, so by the post-Disestablishment era the parish was significantly poorer.

    I had never heard of Cauterets until seeing the plaque. I am wondering if Bredin was a TB victim

  3. I thought of Lourdes too, he might have very very High Church leanings. But tiz more likely he was an ill man and was prescribed a visit to benefit from the waters.

  4. Would Lourdes have caught on by 1879?

    I think Pau was the more popular destination among Anglican clergy of the
    time. Perhaps Cauterets was cheaper!

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