Vere Foster

Life
1819-1900 [Vere Henry Lewis Foster]; philanthropist, b. Copenhagen of Irish-born father; related to Lord Palmerston; left Diplomatic Corp on hearing of the Famine in order to work for poor on his brother’s estate of Ardee; gave 25,000 to Irish men and women to assist emigration; travelled to New York on emigrant boat and suffered extremely from fever, remaining in hospital there for several months; instigated emigration laws; travelled throughout Ireland campaigning for minatenance of national schools; introduced Vere Foster’s copy book’; spent 120,000 on charity and benefactions in Ireland; made emigrant ship journeys; promoted emigration of women ot America in famine of 1879; devised the Vere Foster copy-book; last schemes in Belfast; d. 21 Dec., Belfast. DIB FDA

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Criticism
Alfred S. Moore, article in Belfast Telegraph, April. 20, 1943; cited in St. John Ervine, Craigavon (1949), p.34.

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Notes
‘[…] the ever-popular “Vere Foster’s National School Writing Books” postited advice such as “too much bed makes a dull head”, and “the sleeping fox catches no poultry”; copy used by Jury O”Brien, Tipperary, is kept in the National Library; see Janet Noal, ‘The National Schools and Irish Women’s Mobility in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries’, in Irish Studies Review, No. 18 (Spring 1997).

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