Fair Rent Tribunal, 1881-1916 (from microfilm)

Reference code: IE LA P20

Extent: 2 Items

Scope & Content

Register of Judgements (1881-1916) including an alphabetical index by landowner, of cases heard, and decisions of, the Fair Rent Tribunal;


Agrarian Unrest, Croom, county Limerick, Gladstones' Land Act, Limerick City, Limerick, Nenagh, county Tipperary, Newcastlewest, county Limerick, Rathkeale, county Limerick, Rent, Tribunal


Fair Rent Tribunal

Biographical / Historical Note

The 1881 Land Act, known as Gladstones's Land Act came as a response to sustained agrarian unrest led by the Land League and its demands for the 3 F's: Fair Rent, Free Sale and Fixity of Tenure. The Act provided for free sale, security of occupation and provided a mechanism for arbitrating disputed increases in rent known as the Fair Rent Tribunals. Initially tenants with arrears could not apply to the courts, but under the 'Kilmainham Treaty' between William Gladstone and Charles Stuart Parnell, this requirement was dropped. Throughout the 1880's rents fell in line with agricultural prices and the Act paved the way for later legislation allowing for tenant purchase and the breakup of many of the landed estates.

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1. Register of Judgements, 1881-1916

Registers of Judgements, including an alphabetical index by landowner, of cases heard and decisions of, the Fair Rent Tribunal; details are entered under the following pre-printed columns; 'Name and residence of Landlord, Landlord's Agent, Name and Residence of Tenant, Area Statute measure, Rent of Holding, Poor law Valuation, Poor Law Union, Electoral Division, Service, Object Sought by Originating Notice, 'to fix fair rent', and Observations- generally comments regarding costs, appeals, record number of the order fixing rent, location of the hearing and agreements between landlord and tenant; the reduced rent amount is entered in red ink beneath the original rent in the 'Rent of Holding', column and other amendments or observations are entered in coloured ink; an notice inside the cover lists the sittings of the Irish land Commission Sub-Commissioners arranged for the circuits from 10 September 1883- 22 December 1883.

   P20/1. 22 December 1881- 31 March 1900 (DjVu - 16.1 Mb)
    Cases are held in Nenagh, Rathkeale, Croom, Kilmallock, Limerick and Tipperary.
Extent: c. 107ff
Access Rules: N.A.

   P20/2. 3 February 1882- 20 May 1916 (DjVu - 11.3 Mb)
    Cases are held in Newcastlewest, Ennistymon, Kilmallock and Limerick.
Extent: c. 85ff
Access Rules: N.A.

Last update:22/02/2013