Document ReferenceOs C 389
TitleLetter from [R. Boyle], 4th Earl of Shannon, Castlemartyr, Cork, Ireland, to J.E. Denison; 1 Sept. n.y. [1847-48]
Date1 Sep 1847-1848
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionRefers to his wife [Emily]'s health; comments on current state of Ireland; believes gangs of able-bodied poor are becoming 'regular banditts' [sic]; states that he is expecting 'winter of mischief'; comments on need to lock away valuables; refers to people demoralised by relief works and relief kitchens and are against workhouse test; refers to own experiments in growing turnips and potatoes; compares ruined crop planted at ordinary depth with successful crop planted deeper; comments that disease [potato blight] is nearly universal in England and Ireland; wishes Edward Denison to recommend tutor to him as he is removing his sons from Eton and Harrow; comments that he wishes to move from Ireland.

Autograph note by J.E. Denison on f 4v reads 'Shannon - Pyramid trees at Drummond Castle - Swedish Juniper Holly of all kinds Yew Lignum Vitae Ilex varigated Turkey oak Hemlock Spruce'.
Termeducation, tutors
agriculture, disease, potato blight
poverty, attitudes towards
social conditions, Ireland
crimes, robbery
famine, Irish potato famine
agriculture, crops
patronage, social

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA9885Boyle; Emily H. (-1887); Countess of Shannon; née Seymour wife 4th Earl-1887
NA8625Denison; Edward (1801-1854); Bishop of Salisbury; brother of J.E. Denison1801-1854
NA10011Boyle; Henry B. (1833-1890); 5th Earl of Shannon; styled Viscount Boyle 1842-681833-1890
NA10012Boyle; Frederick J. (1835-1861); Lord; son 4th Earl of Shannon1835-1861
NA10013Boyle; Richard (1809-1868); 4th Earl of Shannon; succeeded 18421809-1868
NA199Denison; J. Evelyn (1800-1873); 1st Viscount Ossington; M.P. Speaker of House of Commons 1857-72 created Viscount Ossington 18721800-1873
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