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Dublin Almanack

01/01/1776

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Remarkable Events. of All- hallows, with all the estates thereunto belonging, at the yearly rent of 4/. 4s. o The priory and convent of Christ- church, converted into a deanery and chapter, by Henry VIII. Archbp. Brown erected three prebends in Christ- church, viz. St, Michael's, St. Michan's, and St. John's. Henry VIII. granted the territory of the abbey of St. Thomas to Wm. Brabazon, ancestor to the E. of Meath. Edward VI. changed the names of bailiffs into sheriffs. John Ryan and Thomas Comin, first sheriffs. The liturgy first read, in the English tongue, in Christ- church ; and afterwards printed by Humphry Powell; was the first book printed in Dublin. So great was the scarcity, that a measure of wheat, containing near four English bushels, sold for 24/. Pat. Sarsfield, mayor, and the rest of the citizens, en- closed the head of water that supplies the bason. English bibles placed in Christ- church and St. Patrick's, for public use. Q^ Elizabeth caused the first public clocks to be set up at the Castle, Tholsel, and St. Patrick's- church. A tax was levied on all house- keepers absenting them- selves from church on Sundays. 7000 small bibles, being the first imported, were this year disposed of in Dublin. Printing in Irish characters, introduced by Nicholas Walsh, chancellor of St. Patrick's. A plague consumed upwards of 3000 persons, and so depopulated the city, that grass grew in the streets. The mayor and sheriffs, during the plague, kept their courts at Glassmanogue. Kilmainham- bridge built, by Sir Henry Sidney. A controversy determined by combat, in the castle. J. Usher, afterwards archbp. of Armagh, born in Dublin. The King's exchequer, without Dame's- gate, ransacked by a country mob, and removed to a place of great- er security. The site still retains the name of Ex- chequer, which it has communicated to Exchequer- street, built in 1610. The citizens gave the monastery of All- hallows, for the site of an university. 159*
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