Surplus people : from Wicklow to Canada / Jim Rees.
By: Rees, Jim.Publisher: Cork : The Collins Press, 2014Description: x, 156 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9781848892040.Subject(s): Fitzwilliam, Charles William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, Earl, 1786-1857 | Eviction -- Ireland -- Wicklow (County) -- History -- 19th century | Land tenure -- Ireland -- Wicklow (County) -- History -- 19th century | Wicklow (Ireland : County) -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 19th century | Québec (Province) -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 19th century | New Brunswick -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 19th century | Ireland -- History -- Famine, 1845-1852DDC classification: 387.2
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Originally published in 2000 under the title Surplus people : the Fitzwilliam clearances, 1847-1856.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- Coolattin Estate -- Lie on the Coolattin Estate 1830-1845 -- The Poor Law -- Crisis: 1845-6 -- Life in the 'Tween decks' -- Quebec -- New Brunswick -- 1850-6 -- Conclusion.
The Great Famine in Ireland was a catastrophe of immense proportions. Landlords, eager to dispose of 'surplus' tenants, engaged in 'assisted passages', whereby tenants were given financial incentives to emigrate. The clearances of uneconomic tenants from the 85,000-acre Coolattin Estate in County Wicklow by Lord Fitzwilliam were the most organised in Ireland during and after the Famine years. From 1847 to 1856 Fitzwilliam removed 6,000 men, women, and children and arranged passage from New Ross in Wexford to Canada on emigratnships such as the Dunbrody. - Back cover.