The Irish Land Agent, 1830-60

The case of King's County

By Ciaran Reilly

Land agents have been stereotypically represented in Irish history as alien, capricious, and, in general, the tormentors of the tenantry. However, to date, no definite examination exists of the social background, education, and training of land agents as a group. With the exception of a mere handful of men, such as William Steuart Trench, Charles Boycott, and Samuel Hussey, land agents remain both a taboo and unknown within Irish historiography. But, how accurate are such representations? How qualified or equipped were agents to deal with the challenges that the mid-19th century, and the Famine in particular, brought? Having identified over 100 men who acted as land agents during the period 1830 to 1860, this book examines the role and function of the agency during a time when their skills and qualifications were truly tested.


Publication Date: 6/20/2014
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781846825101