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     Distinguished author David Dobson continues his wide array of publications with more additions to his body of work. One of his latest books is THE PEOPLE OF DUBLIN, 1600-1799.

     By 1600, Dublin had become the most important city in Ireland. It was the administrative capital from which the English monarchs ruled or attempted to control the island. Due to a two-hundred-year period of relative prosperity and economic development, Dublin’s population expanded from approximately 7,500 persons in 1600 to around 180,000 people in 1800. The city was overwhelmingly Protestant in the seventeenth century. During that era, Dublin saw an influx of Protestants from within Ireland as well as from England, France, and the Netherlands. These immigrants brought with them industrial and commercial skills, such as sugar refining and metal working, which broadened the economic base of Dublin. The French Huguenots and Dutch, in particular, stimulated the introduction or expansion of the textile industries of linen, wool, and silk weaving.

     Seeking economic and social benefits, many of the Irish left the rural areas and moved to Dublin where the Catholics were in the majority by the late eighteenth century. At that time, the city was not only the country’s center of government, commerce, and finance, but also provided important trade links with the British Isles, Europe, and the New World.

     Following his usual format, Dobson lists the names of the principal individuals alphabetically. Information about each person varies, but most entries provide the man or woman's name, a date, and the source of the information. In some cases, facts may also include occupation, naturalization, religious affiliation, year of birth or death (sometimes both dates), military service, place of settlement in America (if they immigrated), and names of parents, spouse, children, or other relatives.

     One example of a basic entry is for Garret DILLON, who was born in 1681. An indentured servant aboard the Providence of Dublin, he landed in Middlesex County, Virginia, in 1699. Another entry provides a different assortment of facts about Michael HOWE, who was born in 1781 in Dublin. He was a stonecutter in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was naturalized in 1813.

     Because the city was cosmopolitan, some entries pertain to individuals who were not originally from the Emerald Isle. For instance, Information about Charles DES VIGNOLES states that he was a French Huguenot, was born in 1645, served as a soldier in the service of King William, and died in Dublin in 1723.

     Based on primary source materials located in Ireland, Great Britain, North America (including the West Indies), and Rotterdam, Dobson’s publication makes readily available valuable data that may sometimes be hard to access. Containing information about approximately 2,500 persons, THE PEOPLE OF DUBLIN, 1600-1799 is another worthwhile addition to genealogical library holdings.

     The 155-page paperback has an introduction and a key to sources. Names of main individuals are arranged alphabetically.

     To the book's price of $19.50, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $5.50 for one book and $2.50 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $7.50 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order #8118) may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211 (for phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website ).

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