Irish Encumbered Estates

Records of the Irish Encumbered Estates

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

Records of the Irish Encumbered Estates, 1849-1858. The Encumbered Estates Acts of 1848 and 1849 allowed the sale of Irish estates which had been mortgaged and whose owners, because of the savage effects of the Great Famine, were unable to meet their obligations. It was intended that English investors would be attracted to buy Irish estates and thereby give the stagnant Irish agriculture new life ...