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Applying for King's bounty; NOTES.

IN the hunt for something completely different in the depths of the Examiner archives system, we came across the following: 'The King's bounty has been applied for by Mrs Michael Conroy, to whom triplet boys were born at her Bath Street, Huddersfield home on Monday.' The story was dated September 26, 1946.

Sad to say, one of the triplets was stillborn, though the other two, John and Michael, weighed in at a healthy eight and seven-and-a-half pounds each. The question is: what was the King's bounty? Research shows it was a grant, presumably a financial one, given in the royal name to the mothers of triplets born in the UK.

It was initiated by Queen Victoria in 1847.

In Eire, a similar grant came from the government. In Canada, we understand the triplet 'bounty' was a one-off and somewhat parsimonious $10.

Historians amateur or professional are welcome to enlighten us on this 'bounty'. How much was it in the UK? Was it paid as a lump sum or as a weekly, monthly or annual allowance to see the triplets through their early years? Or was it a lifetime grant?

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 21, 2010
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