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Introduction; Messrs Stewart, Stewart & Swan, Stewart & Kincaid; Palmerston in Sligo in the Early 1840s; The Palmerston Estates: Famine and Emigration; The Crichton Estates in Sligo and Roscommon; The Mysterious Daniel Henry Ferrall of Roscommon; Ferrall's Roscommon Estates; Wingfield's Sligo Estate; The Roscommon Estates of the Marquess of Westmeath; The Stratford Lands in Clare; Stratford's Limerick Estate; On Two Estates in South Limerick;. The Frankfort Estates in Kilkenny and Carlow; Properties of Ponsonby, Pakenham and St Lawrence; The Sherlock and the Batty Estates: Wine, Women and Sadness; Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Desmond Norton is Senior Lecturer in Economics at University College Dublin
"[Norton] throws new light on the relationship between landlord and tenant as well as on famine and emigration. He challenges many assumptions and presents a new framework for examining this period." Books Ireland Sept 2006 "There's material here for half a dozen books ... sure to encourage further similar work, which is another reason to be grateful to Desmond Norton for his great efforts." Irish Democrat 2006 "...makes absorbing reading and is an important addition to our understanding of the land question during the Famine period. It is elegantly produced by University College Dublin Press." Irish Studies Review 15 (2) 2007 "One of Norton's key contentions is that land is pivotal to the understanding od Ireland's economy, society, politics and culture in the nineteenth century. He challenges some of the existing - and generally negative - orthodoxies in regard to landlord/tenant relationships, emigration and land improvements prior to 1845. Overall, Norton provides an antidote to simplistic and antagonist views of the Irish landlord, which portrayed them as monolithic and uncaring. Consequently a more complex and nuanced interpretation is offered - demonstrates that - there is still much that we do no know about this pivotal decade in Irish history - and that there is plenty of scope for the next generation of researchers to build on the solid foundations laid." Christine Kinealy Drew University, Madison New Jersey Irish Economic and Social History 2008