Lords, Land and Labourers: The Big Houses and Landed Estates of Royal Meath

Lords, Land and Labourers: The Big Houses and Landed Estates of Royal Meath

by Brian Casey


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From Hugh de Lacy's effective conquest of Meath in the 1170s and the establishment of Anglo-Norman power, through to the demise of what has been termed the 'landed aristocracy' at the beginning of the twentieth century, the county's history has been shaped by the struggle for land and the wealth and power that it confers. The system of landed estates that evolved through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was marked by both continuity and change. This collection of pieces from historians and academics explores this fascinating aspect of the long history of Meath.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845880873
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 12/01/2016
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors 6

Acknowledgements 8

Abbreviations 9

List of Maps, Charts and Tables 10

Introduction Brian Casey Peter Connell Danny Cusack 12

1 Bective 1147-2006: From Monastic to Landed Estate Noel E. French 22

2 The Creation of a New Landscape in the Barony of Demifore in Post-Cromwellian Settlement Una Palcic 39

3 The Manor Courts of Martry in County Meath: Law and Order on the Tisdall Estate 1789 to 1792 Marion Rogan 71

4 J.L.W. Naper's Crusade to Rid His Estate of Middlemen. 1792-1851 James Caffrey 92

5 Landowners and Elections in County Meath from the Act of Union to Catholic Emancipation Joe Mooney 107

6 The Darnley Estate Pre- and Post-Famine Jim Gilligan 131

7 Can't Pay, Won't Pay: Applications for Rent Abatements on the Gormanston Estate in 1874 Danny Cusack 155

8 John Sweetman and the Irish Land Question, 1879-81 Brian Casey 171

9 The Meath Aristocracy and the First World War, 1914-18 Kevin Lynch 187

10 The Loughcrew Fires Malachy Hand 201

Notes 205

Bibliography 227

Index 231

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