Dublin Lying-in Hospital Lottery Tickets, 1753-1754

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Fundraising lottery tickets printed to raise money for a new lying-in hospital in Dublin. Also included in the file is a photocopy of pages from the history of the Rotunda Hospital by T P C Kirkpatrick (1913) relating to the lottery and raising funds for the new building.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1753, Bartholomew Mosse revisited a failed lottery scheme of 1751 to raise money to complete the building of the new lying-in hospital in Dublin. This was connected to the Dutch lottery, and it was hoped that the scheme would produce £10,000 for the hospital. However, only £2,450 was secured, and difficulties were encoutered in paying off insurance claims for prize-winners. By 1755 lottery schemes were forbidden by law, and Mosse had to find other ways to raise funds for the hospital.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers by appointment, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. archives@rcog.org.uk

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Penny Hutchins, College Archivist in March 2015

Conditions Governing Use

Open copyright.

Reproductions are available at the discretion of the College Archivist.

Custodial History

Discovered in the College Library and transferred to the Archives in 1994; thought to have been donated to the Library during the 1970s, although there is no record of direct source or date of donation.