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The ancient middle class seem to have revelled in luxury every bit as much as the tastelessness of the recent Celtic Tigers. Below is the description of the home of a “boaire”. This was a freeman of a higher grade. This was not a member of the aristocracy. It was more likely the home of an early equivalent of a bank manager, upper-middle ranking civil servant or estate agent.
Even without a single mention of the surrounding neighbourhood it still sounds pretty flash.
The Crith Gablach (Brehon legal tract defining social status) describes the typical hiberno bourgeois pad. Although there is no mention of it being situated within close walking distance to anything, having an unsurpassed view of something or even mention of the surrounding neighbourhood it still sounds pretty flash. Also, there is no mention of local schools or the need for planning permission in the event of the owner wishing to extend:
“All the furniture of his house is in its proper place –
There are two vessels in his house always: a vessel of milk and a vessel of ale.
He is a man of three snouts:
the snout of a rooting boar that cleaves dishonour in every season, the snout of a flitch of bacon on the hook, the snout of a plough under the ground; so that he is capable of receiving a king or a bishop or a scholar or a brehon from the road, prepared for the arrival of any guest-company.
He owns seven houses:
a kiln, a barn, a mill (a share in it so that it grinds for him), a house of twenty-seven feet, an outhouse of seventeen feet, a pig-stye, a pen for calves, a sheep-pen.
He has twenty cows, two bulls, six oxen, twenty pigs, twenty sheep, four domestic boars, two sows, a saddle-horse, an enamelled bridle, sixteen bushels of seed in the ground. He has a bronze cauldron in which there is room for a boar. He possesses a green in which there are always sheep without having to change pasture.
He and his wife have four suits of clothes.”
The quoted text is mentioned variously in:
The Irish, A Treasury of Art and Literature, ed. Leslie Conron Carola, Trident, 1993
Ancient Laws of Ireland, Rolls Series, 1879
The Annals of Dublin, EE O’Donnell SJ, Wolfhound Press, 1987
The Crith Gabhlach on Wikipedia
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