Siblings formed vital connections in migratory family networks, creating links between scattered family members and those who remained at home. This chapter uses personal correspondence and family papers to explore expressions of happiness in letters between migrated siblings. With a particular focus on Ulster middle-class families, this chapter reveals how siblings were instrumental in maintaining networks of emotional support and prioritised each other’s emotional well-being and happiness. These networks offered comfort and were implemented by siblings as a strategy to combat separation anxiety. When faced with debilitating homesickness or the stark realisation of permanent migration, brothers and sisters sought and relied on reassurance from each other to alleviate their unhappiness.
|Title of host publication||Happiness in Nineteenth-Century Ireland|
|Publisher||Liverpool University Press|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 13 Feb 2021|
- Sibling Relations
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Sibling relations in Protestant middle-class Ulster families, c.1850-1900Author: Devlin, S., Jul 2021
Supervisor: Farrell, E. (Supervisor) & Hannan, L. (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy