Cattle Plague pp 307-329 | Cite as

Political, Economic, and Social Effects

  • C. A. Spinage


When rinderpest entered Britain in February 1745, it was to be 13 years before it was extinguished, compared with 6 months for the 1714 outbreak. We have seen that failure to contain it is generally attributed to the Government’s preoccupation with the Jacobite Rebellion (but this lasted only from December 1745 to June 1746) and the war with France and Spain. Yet the Privy Council issued one Order in Council for the suppression of rinderpest in March 1746 and further ones in December, and January, March, and April 1747. In addition, Parliament passed an Act on 13 February, 1746. Thus, attention was still given to the outbreak despite political upheaval.


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    The Reverend Grindle preached with great pessimism on the Day of Humiliation, March 7, 1866: This cattle plague—have we seen its worst effects when we have buried its victims?—not so, its most serious consequences are probably yet to come, in the scarcity of animal food it seems likely to produce—add to this a scarcity of other kinds of food caused by the great demand upon them; add that plague upon man, faint indications of which were visible last autumn; loss of employment for many; the ruin of many others; rebellion at home and war abroad.Google Scholar
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    The 2000’01 outbreak of FMD in Britain will probably demand a revision in thinking; the structure of the modern farming industry meant that it could not be controlled as effectively as in the 1967 outbreak.Google Scholar

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