Origins, 1828–30
in The Protestant Orphan Society and its social significance in Ireland, 1828–1940
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Evangelicalism inspired renewed religious purpose, individualism, a missionary impulse and moral and social reform through philanthropy and education. This chapter identifies the people behind the Protestant Orphan Society in Dublin (DPOS), both lay and religious, and examines the source of the founders' motivation given by the broader social, religious and political milieu. It highlights the challenge to secure adequate funding and uncovers unanticipated divisions between committee members of the fledgling charity. The Incorporated Society for Promoting English Protestant Schools in Ireland was founded in February 1733. The Charter Schools were intended for the education of poor Roman Catholics and 'the meanest Protestants' in 'useful skills and habits of industry' with the aim of both social and religious reformation. The committee members who left the DPOS founded a separate orphan society which they named the Charitable Protestant Orphan Union.



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