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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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Estate Management

Estate Management

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The most celebrated works on estate management did not assume that the relation between landlord and tenant was that of agricultural producer and rentier capitalist. Robert E. Brown, Duncan George Forbes MacDonald, Henry Stephens, and J. Bailey Denton assumed that the relationship was one of mutual dependence: respect on the one hand, condescension and generosity on the other. In Ireland, the standard work on estate management, by Thomas de Moleyns, was more legalistic in its approach than any of these; but on its binding were inscribed the words ‘Property has its duties as well as its rights’. If these were the textbooks of estate management, the ethos that sustained them was simultaneously more complicated and pervasive. The novels of Sir Walter Scott and Benjamin Disraeli, reinforced by Anthony Trollope's, probably had as much influence on how landlords saw themselves as books on estate management.

Keywords:   Ireland, estate management, landlord, tenant, Robert E. Brown, Henry Stephens, Thomas de Moleyns, Sir Walter Scott, Benjamin Disraeli, Anthony Trollope

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