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Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland$
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Matthew Kelly

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620320

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620320.001.0001

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Palmerston’s Conquest of Sligo

Palmerston’s Conquest of Sligo

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Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

David Brown

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the estates of Lord Palmerston in Sligo during the mid-nineteenth century with a view to examining the ways in which a need or desire to ‘conquer’ nature shaped plans to improve land and, by extension, the condition of tenants on that land, blending economic and political ambitions with environmental and scientific understanding.  This study of estate management, by an absentee landlord, examines Palmerston’s career as an Irish landlord afresh and, borrowing the idea of a ‘conquest of nature’, reflects on the ways in which the Irish landscape was, and could be, understood or regarded by this particular Victorian politician and how this might contribute to debates about nature and its management.

Keywords:   Palmerston, Sligo, estate management, improvement, nature, environment

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