Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Burial of the plague dead in early modern London

”Tis certain they died by heaps and were buried by heaps; that is to say, without account’.1
Disposal of the bodies of those who died in the major plague epidemics of the early modern period undoubtedly presented huge problems for the responsible authorities; but did it descend into chaos, as Defoe suggests it did in 1665? And if it did, how and when did normal patterns of burial and funerary observance break down? for more click here

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