1800-1859 | Famine

A bleak famine Christmas under British rule in Ireland

25 December 1847 Historians refer to the year as ‘Black 47,’ the most terrible of the ‘Great Hunger’ in Ireland with hundreds of thousands succumbing to famine and disease. At the same time, tens of thousands of tenants, who could no longer pay their rents, faced mass evictions from landlords, who often relied on the…

1800-1859 | Executions | Slavery | Trinidad and Tobago

Rebel slave plotters seized, hung and their heads impaled on Poles

25 December 1801 About 120 slaves on two Tobago plantations, Bacolet and Belvedere, planned to launch a surprise uprising on Christmas Day evening 1801. They would set fires among the sugar cane, kill those whites who came to extinguish them and then seize any remaining arms they found in the planters’ houses. A false attack…