Lady Landlords of Prince Edward Island: Imperial Dreams and the Defence of Property

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The 1767 decision to divide Prince Edward Island among elite British grantees shaped Island history for more than a century. Lady Landlords of Prince Edward Island examines this history through the lives of four women who, due to the vagaries of family formation and inheritance, became Island landlords. As absentee owners of large estates, each of the four women faced challenges from those who wanted land redistributed in freehold lots to actual settlers. Their individual management strategies were determined in ...
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Overview

The 1767 decision to divide Prince Edward Island among elite British grantees shaped Island history for more than a century. Lady Landlords of Prince Edward Island examines this history through the lives of four women who, due to the vagaries of family formation and inheritance, became Island landlords. As absentee owners of large estates, each of the four women faced challenges from those who wanted land redistributed in freehold lots to actual settlers. Their individual management strategies were determined in part by class standing and marital status, as well as individual eccentricities and prejudices. Drawing on family and official papers, Rusty Bittermann and Margaret McCallum provide engaging portraits of these women - orphaned heiress, prudent wife and property manager, countess estranged from her husband, independent spinster - as they negotiated relations of power and privilege in a domain dominated by men. Lady Landlords of Prince Edward Island is a compelling narrative that provides a unique perspective on landed society in England in the age of industrialization and reform, making an important contribution to trans-Atlantic, British social, legal, and women's histories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773534247
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rusty Bittermann is a professor of history, St Thomas University, and author of Rural Protest on Prince Edward Island: From British Colonization to the Escheat Movement.

Margaret McCallum teaches in the Faculty of Law at the University of New Brunswick

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Table of Contents

1 Imperial Land Policy and Women Landlords in Prince Edward Island 3

2 Anne Saunders, Lady Melville: Managing at Home and Abroad 16

3 Jane Saunders, Lady Westmorland: Perpetual Motion 50

4 Georgiana Fane: Defending Position and Property 79

5 Charlotte Sulivan: The Final Defence 109

6 Differences That Matter 137

App Proprietors' Estates Purchased by the Prince Edward Island Government, 1875-1880 151

Notes 155

Bibliography 189

Index 201

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