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Thread #46310 Message #3888730
Posted By: Jim Carroll
15-Nov-17 - 11:06 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Subject: RE: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
"Was there a hospital of that name in County Clare? "
No, but it may be of significance that the earliest use for St James's Hospital in Dublin, some time in the 1700s, was for 'foundlings' - abandoned children
These were, or course, well known used as dumping grounds by prostitutes to rid themselves of unwanted "accidents"
"Not St James Palace, then"
lock was a slang term not a name