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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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(p.20) 2 Evictions
Landlords and Tenants in Mid-Victorian Ireland


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In the years after the famine, there was nothing exceptional about the Kilcoosh evictions. If there was anything remarkable about the Kilcoosh evictions it was the relative prosperity of the tenants. It would be hard to exaggerate the emotional significance of evictions in nineteenth-century Ireland. The family thrown out of its home in bad weather, with no refuge but the workhouse, was well depicted in prose and verse, in paintings, and in illustrations in periodicals such as the Illustrated London News. The emotion generated explained the obsession with security of tenure in the writings and speeches of those who advocated reform of the law of landlord and tenant. Sir John Gray, the editor of the Freeman's journal, devoted ten of the forty-four pages of his pamphlet on the land question, published in 1869, to evictions.

Keywords:   Ireland, famine, evictions, tenants, Kilcoosh evictions, Sir John Gray, tenure, reform, law, landlord

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