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From: Alison Kilpatrick <>
Subject: News extracts: June 25, 1822: Benjamin Pinkerton, near 100 years,of co. Donegal, now at Glasgow
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 09:13:00 GMT


Transcribed from the 25 June 1822 edition of The Strabane Morning
Post, by permission of The British Library:

There is now living in Broad street, Gorbals, Glasgow, a man of the
name of Benjamin Pinkerton, who is within a few months of the advanced
age of 100 years. He belonged originally to Ireland; he was born in the
parish of Donoughmore, county of Donegal, and bred a shoemaker. He is
still healthy and spirited; he has lost an eye, but retains his other
faculties well. He made the shoes he still wears himself, and he fears
he will still be under the necessity of making the next pair he may
need, as he will be so poor that he will be unable to purchase them. His
wife died about ten years ago, at the advanced age of 79. His father had
21 children, 16 of whom came to be men and women; and seven of these
daughters it is believed are still alive in different parts in Ireland.
He has been about 11 years in Glasgow.--Caledonian Mercury.

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