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From: "Chris Dickinson" <>
Subject: Re: Ireland to Carlisle, Cumberland in 1834 to 1836
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2005 22:23:46 +0000 (UTC)
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Don Aitken wrote:
>The cheapest way, though hardly the most luxurious, would be on one of
>the returning coal ships to Whitehaven. The Lowther family developed
>the Port of Whitehaven in the early 18th century for the export of
>their coal to Ireland, which had none of its own.
The Lowthers obtained the coal rights in 1634/5. A pit-and-adit system was
introduced in 1650 and the workings were siginificantly extended in 1663.
My family were trying to sell coal from the Parton mine at Whitehaven to
Dublin in the 1690s (with various members of the family marrying or settling
in the city in succeeding generations).
>This traffic, which
>made Whitehaven for a time the third or fourth busiest British port,
>continued throughout the 19th century.
Though salt and coal were the original reasons for Whitehaven's growth,
tobacco was another major source of its wealth in the eighteenth century.
>The main port involved at the
>Irish end was Dublin/Kingstown, but there were certainly other Irish
>destinations, and it would be surprising if Belfast was not one of
>them. There were passenger services as well, and significant Irish
>immigration by this route. Each of the West Cumberland ports has its
As well as the ports of Cumberland, another traditional route was via
Scotland - and another via Liverpool.
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