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Spinning Wheel Bounty List
(Flax Seed Premiums)


- On Flax & Bleach Greens
- Aghaloo Parish
- Ardstraw Parish
- Artea Parish
- Camus Parish
- Donagheady Parish
- Donaghenry Parish
- Drumragh Parish
- Errigle Keerogue Parish
- Leckpatrick Parish
- Lissan Parish
- Urney Parish

What is the Spinning Wheel List- Flax Seed?

"A List of Persons to whom Premiums for sowing Flax-seed in the Year 1796 have been adjudged by the Trustees of the Linen Manufacture.

"Pursuant to the Scheme offered by them for encouraging the Growth of Flax throughout the Kingdom, viz. 'To the Person who should sow between the 10th Day of March and the 1st Day of June 1796, with a sufficient Quantity of good sound Flax-seed, any Quantity of Land, well prepared and fit for the purpose, not less than 1 Acre--4 Spinning Wheels, ---3 Roods 3 Ditto, ---2 Roods--2 Ditto, 1 Rood--1 Ditto. And to the Person who should sow in like Manner any Quantity of like Land, not less than 5 Acres, a Loom, or Wheels, Reels, or Hatchells to the Value of 50 Shillings, and for every 5 Acres over and above the first five a like Premium.'

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"The Claimants for one Rood, who are entitled to one Wheel each, are requested to apply to the County Inspector, Mr. Smapson Ingram, for their Wheels, there being a sufficient Number ready to distribute among them: The other Premiums will be discharged in Rotation as the Wheels can be made, of which due Notice shall be given.

"Every Person preferring Reels may have two of them in lieu of a Spinning Wheel.

"The Scheme of Premiums offered by the Board for the Year 1796, has had so extensive an Effect, that it will require 37,135 Wheels to discharge the One Rood Claimants; and not less than 88,719 Wheels, together with 227 Looms, to discharge the whole, which necessarily produces much delay in delivering.

"As the highest Price is paid for the Wheels in order to have them of the best Fabric, of seasoned Timber, and of full Size; no Claimant is to recieve any Wheel deficient in any respect: They are all to be stamped with the Board Seal before delivery, and with the Maker's Name.

"And in order to render the national benefit proposed by the Trustees as efficacious as possible, they request that any neglect or delay of the Inspector in delivering Wheels of the best quality and equal excellence to the Pattern deposited with him, be instantly made know to them by information to any Trustee, or to the Inspector General, or by Letter to their Secretary, at the Linen-Office, Dublin.

"N.B. Any Inspector, Deputy Inspector, or Surveyor, or other Person acting under him or them, who shall directly or indirectly receive any Fee, Gratuity, or Reward for the performance of his duty, becomes by such offence disqualified by Act of Parliament to hold any Employment under the Linen Board."

--- Immediately afterwards, the parish-by-parish listing of people and wheels begins. At the end of the list it is signed:

"By Order, "Linen Office James Corry, Sec.

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"Printed by B. & F. Williamson, Printers to the Right Hon. and Hon. the Trustees of the Linen Board."

transcribed by Claire K. Note, though, that I could not copy the italics, small caps, centering, etc. that appear in the original, because messages to the list have to go in plain text. Also note that the same number of wheels and looms detailed above appear in the intro of the Donegal and Down sections of the Flaxgrowers List, so represent the all-Ireland figures, not the county-specific ones.




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