An Increased Family
The wife of Mr. A. MOSES, of Brunswick Street, Ryde, presented him with two boys and a girl on Sunday last. All are now doing very well, and appear quite healthy. The King’s Bounty has been applied for, and will no doubt be forthcoming.
Source: Isle of Wight Observer 4 December 1909
The Queen’s Bounty
The ‘Queen’s Bounty’ was given to mothers who gave birth to three or more babies at one time, by Queen Victoria. Her Majesty is said to have initiated the grants to assist parents who had ‘sudden expenses thrown on them,’ after she and Prince Albert learned of a poor woman giving birth to triplets in the late 1840s. Grants of £5-£10 have been recorded in the Victorian period. To qualify for the donation, the babies had to born alive and their parents had to be married and British subjects. When Edward became King the grants continued as the King’s Bounty.
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