Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Have you got a licence for that slut?

The Perfect Victorian - Edwardian Gentleman Dog

Once more, my great-grandfather, David Jones is back before the courts, this time, in 1912, for the heinous crime of failing to obtain a dog licence.
Friday 12th April 1912: Defendant had in his possession at Queenstown on the 12th April 1912 one dog for which he omitted to take out a licence on or before the 31 March 1912.
He was ordered to take out a licence forthwith. (Records show he did.)

Following the Dogs Act of 1865, every dog owner in Ireland had to go to the court and pay 2s 6d - to have the breed and color of any dogs written down in a ledger. It was hardly an exact science, as the list below will show. There are times when the clearly same dog is described differently each year. It shows that most of David's dogs were terriers, retrievers and spaniels, which suggests he may well have been using them to hunt. For food or 'fun', I can't say.

But there's some fascinating detail in the Ireland Dog Licence Registers: it's been useful, in the absence of census records in Ireland before 1901, in being able to locate David at Castle Oliver between 1874 and 1877 and provided the date he appeared in Rushbrooke - presumably when he took up the job of Sexton at Christ Church - which pretty much coincides with the date the church opened.

And we learned what girl dogs were called. As if bitch wasn't bad enough! 
 
YearAddressSexColourBreed
1874Castle OliverDogBlack & TanTerrier
1875Castle OliverDogBlackCur
1876Castle Oliver   
1877Castle OliverSlutBrownRetriever
1878RushbrookeSlutBrownRetriever
1879RushbrookeSlutBrownRetriever
1879RushbrookeDogGreyTerrier
1881RushbrookeDogFoxeyTerrier
1882RushbrookeSlutBlackRetriever
1883RushbrookeDogBlackRetriever
1884RushbrookeSlutBrownRetriever
1885RushbrookeSlutBrownRetriever
1886RushbrookeSlutBrownTerrier
1887RushbrookeDogBrownTerrier
1888RushbrookeDogGreyTerrier
1888RushbrookeDog? & BlackFox Terrier
1888RushbrookeDogGreyTerrier
1889RushbrookeBitchRedTerrier
1890RushbrookeDogGreyTerrier
1891RushbrookeBitchRedTerrier
1893RushbrookeBitchRedTerrier
1894RushbrookeBitchBrownRetriever
1895RushbrookeDogRedTerrier
1896RushbrookeBitchWhite & LiverCocker
1896RushbrookeDogRedTerrier
1897RushbrookeBitchLiver & WhiteCocker
1898RushbrookeBitchBlackSpaniel
1898RushbrookeBitchRedFox Terrier
1898RushbrookeBitchBr & WhtRetriever
1898RushbrookeBitchRedFox Terrier
1898RushbrookeBitchBlk & WhtCocker
1900RushbrookeBitchLiver & WhiteCocker
1900RushbrookeBitchRedFox Terrier
1901RushbrookeBitchRedFox Terrier
1902RingmeenBitchRedTerrier
1905RushbrookeDogRedFox Terrier
1906RushbrookeDogRedFox Terrier
1907RushbrookeDogRedFox Terrier
1908RushbrookeDogRedTerrier
1909RushbrookeDogRedTerrier
1910RushbrookeDogRedTerrier
1911RushbrookeDogRedFox Terrier
1912RushbrookeDogRedFox Terrier
1913RushbrookeDogBrindleTerrier
1913RingmeenBitchRedFox Terrier
1916RushbrookeMaleBrownTerrier
1917RushbrookeMaleBrownTerrier
1920RushbrookeMaleBlackCocker
1921RushbrookeMaleBlackSpaniel
1922RushbrookeMaleBlackSpaniel

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