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Landlords and Tenants in Mid-Victorian Ireland$
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W. E. Vaughan

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203568

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203568.001.0001

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Landlords and Tenants

Landlords and Tenants

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Landlords and Tenants in Mid-Victorian Ireland


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One of the most familiar pictures of the land war was an illustration in the Illustrated London News of January 1881, showing the burning of the duke of Leinster's lease at a land league meeting. The picture, however, did suggest one thing about the land system: compared with other forms of wealth, landed property and the relationship between landlords and tenants were remarkably public. Estates were concentrated in easily identified territorial blocks, often comprising dozens of townlands. The greater estates were often distributed through two or three counties. The details of landlordism became more public than in the eighteenth century: the government and tenement valuations itemized every estate in Ireland; parliament published statistics of evictions, agrarian crimes, and legal transactions relating to estates.

Keywords:   Ireland, landlords, tenants, estates, landlordism, townlands, evictions, agrarian crimes, legal transactions, land war

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