The Vandeleur Evictions

Download this image

More from this collection

Related by Where

Research Help!

Where: Unknown

Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.

When: 01 August 1888

Try to find the date or year when this image was made.
Those among you Flickroonies who've been with us for a long time will be familiar the 1880s eviction photographs that we've posted over the years. They're mostly action shots of depredation and desperation. This one is rather different, with many of the dramatis personae pictured calmly sitting on the steps of Kilrush House.

p.s. Apologies for late posting! You just can't get the staff these days... ;)

Photographer: Robert French?

Date: August 1888

NLI Ref: NPA MOPR

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

Info:

Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
Views: 9503
vandeleurevictions vandeleur kilrushhouse evictions royalirishconstabulary ric nationallibraryofireland williamlawrence robertfrench august 1888 1880s landwar

Add Tags
  • profile

    sharon.corbet

    • 21/Feb/2020 11:17:56

    Clare Library has a lot of info on the evictions including here: The 15th of July was Sunday-and before the weekend large contingents of troops and police were already setting up camp around Kilrush House. There were 70 Sherwood Foresters, 50 3rd Hussars, 50 Royal Berkshires (who were located at Cappagh Barrack), and 120 R.I.C. The whole arrangements were in the hands of Colonel Turner. Also present were a number of magistrates – Captain Welsh, Mr. Hodder, Mr. Roche, Mr. Shannon. The sub-sheriff was Captain Croker. The evictions took place in July, so this photo must be from afterwards if it's from August 1888.

  • profile

    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Feb/2020 11:39:34

    Kilrush House "accidently burned to the ground in 1897". Another photo of this portico via twitter- twitter.com/Cooplafocal/status/966739541385236480/photo/4

  • profile

    cargeofg

    • 21/Feb/2020 11:56:36

    If you look in Clare Library to the report of The Wreck of The Edmond 1850 off Kilkee. It also is indicative of the poor construction of the mud cabins as also noted in 1848. Could not get it to link for me.

  • profile

    suckindeesel

    • 21/Feb/2020 12:06:29

    Not to be confused with Kilrush House in Kilkenny, still standing, unlike this one. Evictions also took place during the Famine years, so they had form here. Some info landedestates.nuigalway.ie/LandedEstates/jsp/estate-show.... on the estate (20,000 acres!) and the Vandeleur family

  • profile

    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Feb/2020 12:28:32

    Via Trove a report of the fire in 1897 - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/104404854 I have posted these contemporary reports before; they are worth reading for the names of some of the characters seen here, and mention of Kilrush House ... trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/115459777 trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/169707904 And interesting correspondence about re-instating the tenants in 1889 - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/170505310

  • profile

    suckindeesel

    • 21/Feb/2020 13:38:25

    Here's a picture of the Vandeleure Ram and our 'heroes' in action catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000044102

  • profile

    O Mac

    • 21/Feb/2020 14:54:18

    The notes with this one are odd.

  • profile

    sharon.corbet

    • 21/Feb/2020 15:19:24

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Yeah, I don't see Dev or Harry Boland either.

  • profile
  • profile

    suckindeesel

    • 21/Feb/2020 17:10:56

    Yes, Roche as R. M., seems to have played a central role in the evictions. He would be sitting as judge, jury and executioner on the faith of those arrested for resisting eviction a month later, i. e., at the time of the group photo. See api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1888/jul/27/ev...

  • profile

    suckindeesel

    • 21/Feb/2020 18:37:20

    These thugs were everywhere, it's not hard to find records of some of their other activities in supressing any dissent. 'To the Rt. Hon. The Speaker of the House of Commons. Sir, Mr. Timothy Harrington, M.P., was convicted at Tralee, before me and Col. Pearse, R.M., for publishing report of suppressed meetings of the National League. He was sentenced to six weeks' imprisonment, and, on application ​ of his Counsel, a case was stated on a Law point for decision of the Exchequer Division. In the meantime he was admitted to bail. CECIL ROCHE, R.M. Millstreet.' See Hansard hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/1888-02-09/debates/2a4f7bde...(Ireland)Act1887—ArrestOfMembers

  • profile

    WildBill#

    • 21/Feb/2020 23:18:27

    What were “The Forester’s”?

  • profile

    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Feb/2020 08:29:05

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/anesmercenary] This might help. irishgarrisontowns.com/military-rowdyism/ Military Rowdyism: the Derbyshire (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment in Limerick, 1888

  • profile

    suckindeesel

    • 22/Feb/2020 09:21:44

    Hallam Studdert was agent for the Vandeleure Estate, the rent collector I suppose, and later a local J.P. www.thepeerage.com/p28290.htm#i282895

  • profile

    njtjsetx40

    • 22/Feb/2020 17:50:17

    There is much misinformation about these evictions. Rather than contradict posted statements I will say that those interested in these particular evictions should try to locate the last two issues of The Other Clare. I have studied these evictions for years and have hunted down long forgotten photos. As I discover heretofore unpublished photos I present in context with an article in The Other Clare. I will ask if the Clare library can host my articles on the Ir website. Ed

  • profile

    njtjsetx40

    • 22/Feb/2020 18:03:36

    The Clare library posted my first article ‘Photographing the evictions on the Vandeleur Estate’ years ago. It can be found by a goggle search. A second article was about the Vandeleur Eviction Party, inspired by the photo of the 20 officials on the steps of the kKilrush House, seen in this string. A third article, the ‘Vandeleur Ram’, was published in The Other Clare last year. A fourth article will appear in the same this summer, 2020. There are 40 known photos in existence, of which only 21-22 are with the NLI. More photos likely still but are hidden.

  • profile

    suckindeesel

    • 22/Feb/2020 21:02:26

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] I've linked your excellent article here www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/history/photographing_e... It does call into question the true authorship of the Lawrence eviction photographs. Although Mr. French was Lawrence's main man, he also employed a pool of other photographers, making it difficult to assign any particular photo. The article does contain a good tip in identifying a true French picture as apparently he would often include his buggy and camera case in shot. Has anybody else noticed this? Perhaps that was his way of signing his work, something like a modern 'Easter Egg'

  • profile

    suckindeesel

    • 22/Feb/2020 21:09:53

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] 'He looked at me with hateful eyes and waited for me to wither. But I didn’t wither. If I have a camera in my hand, I don’t know fear.' Alfred Eisenstaedt petapixel.com/2013/03/31/eyes-of-hate-captured-in-portrai...

  • profile

    njtjsetx40

    • 22/Feb/2020 22:40:57

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] No one has yet challenged the opinions I offer in my three articles featuring photographs of Vandeleur estate evictions. I have received kind comments from descendants and local historians.

  • profile
  • profile

    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 23/Feb/2020 08:37:35

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Ed, thanks for your comments.

  • profile

    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 23/Feb/2020 09:50:13

    More information about Kilrush House - old maps, croquet, shooting party, coal supplies, etc - bricksandmortarkilrush.wordpress.com/2016/05/08/vandeleur... & bricksandmortarkilrush.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/buildings...

  • profile

    njtjsetx40

    • 23/Feb/2020 16:22:11

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland The man with the top hat could be Robert French. It looks like him. An assistant was likely taking the photo, which is why we do not see a tripod in the car.

  • profile

    njtjsetx40

    • 23/Feb/2020 16:33:20

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland LTC Henry H. Hooke, Sherwood Foresters, mentioned in the garrison towns blog, is one of the men seated in the photo taken on the front steps of the Kilrush House. I have not yet identified him in any of the other eviction photos, but he must be there. My great grandfather commented on the behavior of the Foresters and the garrison commander’s attempt at discipline in his published account of his visit to Ireland in the summer of ‘88. He was one of the American witnesses to the Vandeleur estate evictions.

  • profile

    Dr. Ilia

    • 24/Feb/2020 09:00:12

    Very nice !

  • profile

    domenico milella

    • 24/Feb/2020 09:54:42

    Beauiful Shot and Album - Good Day.

  • profile

    njtjsetx40

    • 24/Feb/2020 23:41:12

    Clare County library just posted my Vandeleur estate eviction articles #2 & 3 on their website. Google Clare County Library and look for What's New, top right, or History, found towards the bottom of the home page. The article on the photo displayed at the top of this string is titled Officials from the Vandeleur Estate Evictions. The article published this year is titled the Vandeleur Ram. As can be determined in article #3, many photos are still missing. I am interested in finding them.

  • profile

    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 25/Feb/2020 07:36:35

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Here are the links Officials from the Vandeleur Estate Evictions The Vandeleur Ram