Good to hear

I’ve been reading the book ‘The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849 by Cecil Woodham-Smith’. It’s a very interesting and on the ground account of the famine in Ireland. Not that I’ve read the whole book yet, but one of the problems of the famine was said to be landlords exacting rents from tenants at high prices, often being absent and using middlemen to get their wages, whatever means possible. Cecil Woodham-Smith comments: ‘there were, of course, good landlords in Ireland…the Duke of Leinster at Carton…farm buildings were erected by the landlord, cabins were tidy, and the people contented’. I know the famine was said to affect the people of Kildare much less than other parts of Ireland, whether due to good landlords, or more pastoral farming , trades rather than simply relying on the potato crop. It will be good to find out more.

Sources: The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849 by Cecil Woodham-Smith


2 comments on “Good to hear

  1. daithi82 says:

    The famine and it’s historiography are always interesting to look at. Over the years there have been so many different perspectives and interpretations placed on it. But it is always worth recognising that not all landlords were cruel and greedy. I hope you end up writing a bit more on the Famine in the Kildare area.

  2. […] England to ‘throw political economy to the wind and listen to the starving people’. I already mentioned how another local landlord, the Duke of Leinster at Carton, was also benevolent in his actions […]

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