Nasty Cabins (1675 approx)
Petty gives us an insight into the conditions of the plain people (of Ireland):“Men live in such cottages as they themselves can make in three or four days ….. the housing thereof consists of ….. nasty Cabbins, in which Butter nor Cheese nor Linnen, Yarn nor Worsted ….can be made to the best advantage …..chiefly by reason of the Soot and Smoaks annoying the same – as also for the Narrowness and Nastiness of the Place; which cannot be kept clean nor safe from beasts and vermin, nor from Damps and Musty Stenches of which all the eggs laid or kept in those Cabbins do partake”
Clothing: from Sheep’s Wool
Food: grow their own veg / Bread / Potatoes / Eggs & Butter / Fish
Fuel: Turf mainly, sometimes wood
Petty’s account of the Nasty Cabbins in 1675 is similar to that of Arthur Young in 1770, and to that of Tomas O’Criomhthain, nearly a century later again in 1870.