Tidy

An English name: the fictional Tidy family come to Ireland in the Middle Ages, as did many small-time English merchants and craftsmen. Sometimes servants of the Church, by the nineteenth century they have joined the important Quaker community in Dublin. Their story is told through both of the two books of Edward Rutherfurd's Irish saga, beginning in the 'Dalkey' chapter.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In Manhattan in the early to mid nineteenth century, scores of pigs roamed the streets – about 20,000 of them at peak population in the early 1820’s, a ratio of roughly one pig to every five humans ! Many of them belonged to families. The city was quickly growing in the nineteenth century – in population and wealth disparity. Despite rapid urbanization, non-wealthy New Yorkers continued raising hogs as a means of surviving. A family could always slaughter one of its pigs to feed itself, or sell one of them since pork was a staple of the American diet. Why pigs? Other animals weren’t quite so compatible with urban life. People could let their pigs wander the streets, rummage through trash for the piles of spoiled food that was left out on the street during the day, and count on them to return home in the evening !




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