Joseph Robins


Joseph Robins is a lecturer and social historian. He is the author of The Lost Children: A Study of Charity Children in Ireland 1700-1900 (1980), Fools and Mad: A History of the Insane in Ireland (1983) and The Miasma: Epidemic and Panic in Eighteenth-Century Ireland (1995).

Joseph Robins’ fascinating narrative deriving largely from primary and secondary sources – diaries and newspapers of the period, genealogical, architectural and domestic records – documents a lively, little-known aspect of Irish social history.