Sir Charles Gore, A Resident
Landlord, Has The Name Of Generosity At This Time Of Want, And Justice
At All Times, Which Is Better To Be Chosen Than Great Riches.
of Arran, who has drawn a large income, he and his ancestors, from this
part of Mayo for which they paid nothing, not only gave nothing but gave
no reply whatever to letters asking for help.
The land belonging to the Earl of Arran here - I cannot undertake to
write the name of the locality by the sound - was a common waste and was
let by the Earl at two shillings and sixpence per acre to Presbyterian
tenants, who came here from the North I believe. Of course they had to
reclaim, fence, drain, cultivate for years. They built dwellings and
office houses, built their lives into the place. After they had spent
the toil of years on improvement, their rents were raised to seven and
sixpence per acre, five shillings at one rise; then it was raised to ten
shillings; the next rise was to fifteen shillings and then to twenty.
The land is not now able to bear more than fourteen shillings an acre
rent and support the people who till it. These people have been paying a
rack rent for years to this nobleman, the Earl of Arran, yet when
starvation overtook them, he had neither helping hand nor feeling heart
The distress of this last famine was so great in this corner of Mayo
that people on holdings of thirty acres were starving - would have died
but for the relief afforded.
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