Landed estate records as a resource for the study of the rural Irish worker

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This article examines the potential for using landed estate records in research relating to the working lives of the rural Irish in the period 1700-1914. The landed estate was the epicentre of rural Ireland and acted as the largest employer in most rural areas. The result of this was that most of the inhabitants of rural Ireland had some connection to the landed estates through tenancy, employment or commerce. The article presents information on the type of sources available, what level of information is contained in them, and also comments on how they can be used effectively by historians.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-173
JournalSaothar: Journal of the Irish Labour History
Publication statusPublished - 2013



  • history
  • labour history
  • rural ireland
  • labourers
  • big house
  • landed estate

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