On Wednesday 18 November Oliver Whelan delivered a CHAS lecture based on his recent book ‘Landholding in the new English settlement of Hacketstown, Co. Carlow, 1635–1875’.

The talk told the story of the new settlement of English Protestants which was established in Hacketstown in the early seventeenth century. It described how the settlement endured the trauma of the rebellion of 1641 and how its mixed population of Protestants and Catholics emerged from the penal laws of the eighteenth century. It outlined how the security of tenant farmers on their holdings gradually improved during the nineteenth century and concluded with the land purchase legislation of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries which enabled many of the tenants to acquire full ownership of their lands.

Oliver Whelan, a native of Hacketstown, is a retired director of the National Treasury Management Agency. He is currently researching the Land War and its aftermath in Co. Carlow for a PhD in Maynooth University.

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