Acknowledgements I would like to acknowledge the assistance of a large number of people in the completion of this book. First, I must thank Professor John Stewart, who supervised the thesis on which this book is based, for his courteous and comprehensive advice and guidance over the period of this study. His knowledge of poor law (and related issues) was only matched by his ability tactfully to def lect my wilder inclinations to go of f on tangents. I would also like particularly to thank Inga Brandes, originally of the University of Trier and now of FernUniversität in Hagen. Inga was a constant and gener- ous source of information (based on her own extensive studies of the Irish poor law) and critical comment over my period of study. During my period at Oxford Brookes University, Professor Steve King (now of the University of Leicester), Dr Virginia Crossman and Dr Elizabeth Hurren provided much assistance and support. I would also wish to thank Dr Ina Scherder (originally of Trier, now at Oxford Brookes) who generously provided information on her own research on the Galway poor law union and Anna Schüle of Trier who provided me with a copy of her Masters dissertation on outdoor relief in Milford. Finally I would like to acknowledge the very helpful comments of Dr Caitriona MacDonald and Dr Larry Geary. The research has drawn on a wide range of archival and library research in both the United Kingdom and Ireland and I would like...
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