Landgrabbing in 1892.
Mr John Byrne from
Tinryland, Carlow, writes to the Carlow
Vindicator in 1892 to complain of the taking
of his farm by "Hanging-Gale Beresford".
John and his sister had only been evicted
when the home-place and all his improvements
and those of his forefathers, were taken
over by a man described by John as a
"land-grabber" without a penny compensation,
and the time selected for the eviction was
during "Holy Week" 1892.
Letter to the Editor.
Tinryland, April 30th, 1892.
Dear Sir, --I wish through the medium of
your journal to expose a case of the most
barefaced landgrabbing , which I am sure
will meet with the condemnation it deserves
from all honest men. I was evicted from my
home, which was in the possession of my
family for generations, by my landlord . Mr
Denis. R. Beresford, for non-payment of a
rent which must be admitted to was
exorbitant even by his own valuer. He
scarcely allowed the clay to settle over his
mother's grave when he called in the
services of Messrs Moore, Mack and Ryan and
Watters (the latter acting as emergency man), and turned myself and my sister out on
the road on a cold February morning.
not well out when J---?---- (name published
in report but I will not publish it in this
transcript) comes and takes possession of
all my improvements and those of my
forefathers, without one penny compensation
to me --the time selected by this pious
Catholic for doing so being Holy Week. The
rent of the farm (if you can call it such)
is £12 yearly, the area six acres, including
a road all around it about thirty perches.
This, with waste of rocks, leaves about five
acres tillage land. So you see it was the
house and premises built by my predecessors,
without one penny from the landlord, and on
which I expended during the last ten years
over £100, which were coveted.~~
- I remain yours,
- John Byrne.