A New Lease on Life: Landlords, Tenants, and Immigrants in Ireland and Canada

A New Lease on Life: Landlords, Tenants, and Immigrants in Ireland and Canada

by Catherine Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0773511172

ISBN-13: 9780773511170

Pub. Date: 03/01/1994

Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press


In Part 1 Wilson reconstructs the family circumstances and estate management of two landlords, Stephen Moore, third earl of Mount Cashell, and Major Robert Perceval Maxwell. Each owned several estates in Ireland and the estate known as Amherst Island in Ontario. She examines how the management of these estates changed over time and highlights the differences…  See more details below

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In Part 1 Wilson reconstructs the family circumstances and estate management of two landlords, Stephen Moore, third earl of Mount Cashell, and Major Robert Perceval Maxwell. Each owned several estates in Ireland and the estate known as Amherst Island in Ontario. She examines how the management of these estates changed over time and highlights the differences between management in the north and south of Ireland, particularly in Counties Down, Antrim, and Cork. She looks at the form the landlord-tenant relationship took in the New World to determine whether tenancy arrangements in the New World offered landlords an opportunity to start afresh or, instead, were influenced by the traditions and financial circumstances of their Irish estates. The second part of the study follows more than one hundred tenant families who, between 1820 and 1860, migrated from the Ards Peninsula in County Down to Amherst Island, where they rented land from Mount Cashell and, later, from Maxwell. Wilson reveals what life was like in the United Parish of St Andrews, why families emigrated and rented on Amherst Island, and what it meant socially and economically to be a tenant in the New World, where most farmers were freeholders. Wilson sets her study firmly in the framework of British, Irish, and American writing on land tenure, and in this comparative context opens the discussion of tenancy among Canadians more widely than anyone has done heretofore. She concludes that both landlords and tenants were more successful in the New World. Wealth and land ownership might be slow in materializing, but the opportunity, the choices, and the attainment of security were all greater than they had been in Ireland.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773511170
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1994
Series:
McGill-Queen's Studies in Ethnic History Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
1540L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Maps
Tables
Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction3
Pt. 1Landlords
1Lord Mount Cashell: An Improving and Evangelical Landlord13
2His Lordship's Adventure Abroad46
3The Famine and His Lordship's Demise78
4Major Maxwell's Irish Estates: A New Kind of Management92
5Major Maxwell's Estate on Amherst Island118
Pt. 2Tenants
6The Ards Peninsula139
7The Emigrants and Their Settlement on Amherst Island174
8What It Meant To Be a Tenant on Amherst Island205
Conclusion224
Appendix: Amherst Island Immigrant Families from the Ards229
Notes237
A Note on Sources287
Index299

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