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    Fitzwilliam Estate Clearance

    Fitzwilliam Estate Clearance

    Wicklow historian, Jim Rees tells us that recent studies have shown that death from starvation and disease in this county was more common than had been previously realised. The Workhouses in Shillelagh, Rathdrum, Baltinglass and Rathdown were filled to overflowing. Eviction and emigration were also part of Wicklow’s famine experience. It has been estimated that the population of the county decreased by 21.5% between 1841 and 1851 – over 27,000 people. Landlords who were keen to get rid of “surplus” or unviable tenants were engaged in assisted emigration. The most important of these landlords was Lord Fitzwilliam, who owned an ...


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