This time I thought I’d look at something a little closer to my area of expertise: immigration to London in the Early Modern era. I’ve used the OBO heavily in my doctoral work on Irish immigrants, but that’s been focused exclusively on the years 1801-1820, immediately following the 1801 Union of Irish and British parliaments. I’ve yet to take a longer look at immigrants across the centuries using the OBO and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do so.
This is the second in my series of posts on the Old Bailey Online (OBO) corpus. I’ve downloaded all of the trial transcripts from 1674 to 1834 (find out how on the Programming Historian 2), which is about 100,000 trials and 51 million words of text. In the last post I looked at the impact of editors and scribes on the vocabulary in the Old Bailey Proceedings.