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Realities of Irish Life

Realities of Irish Life

W. Steuart Trench

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This 1868 publication recounts the daily life of an Irish land agent and his tenants in the mid nineteenth century.

First published in 1868, this book provides an intriguing memoir of Irish culture and society during and after the Potato Famine. W. Steuart Trench (1808-72) studied agriculture with a view to becoming a land agent: having taken on this role for the Shirley estate in Monaghan in 1843, he eventually managed Irish estates for the Marquess of Lansdowne in County Kerry, for the Marquess of Bath and for Lord Digby.

His book, a series of stories of everyday (and some extraordinary) events in nineteenth-century Ireland, purports to give the English public a clear and truthful account of the daily occurrences and difficulties experienced by an Irish landlord and his agent. The book also contains detailed appendix material, including letters describing the devastating effects of the famine (1845-52).

The work was immediately successful, with five re-printings (of which this reissue is the third) within twelve months of publication.

Additional Information

Author W. Steuart Trench
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication date 1 Dec 2011
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781108037051

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