Land: CLARE, Studdert Estate
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Clare Index
Contributed by Mary Heaphy

From papers in the National Library, Dublin.

County Clare.


Decree granted to Mary and Michael STUDDERT of Dromelihy, Co. Clare, for
ejectment of tenant for non payment of rent, 3rd Jan. 1882.

When a landlord wished to evict a tenant for not paying his rent he summoned
him to court by a civil bill. If the court found that the tenant owed
substantial rent,  "after all just and fair allowances" it "ordered the
decree" that the landlord be put in possession of the holding through the
agency of the sheriff. The main points of the decree are as follows:

1. The civil bill was issued by the landlords, Mary and Michael STUDDERT,
against their tenant farmer Patrick MCGRATH of Dromelihy Westby.

2. MCGRATH was tenant of lands and premises at Kilmacduane on a yearly lease
at the rent of £12. per annum.

3. The Studdert's claimed that one year's rent was owing.

4. The court found that MCGRATH was sole tenant of the property and that he
owed a year's rent.

5. The court ordered the County Sheriff to put the Studdert's into
possession of the property, - that is, evict McGrath.

6. The costs of the case and eviction came to £2.15. and the court ordered
that McGrath's goods be seized to cover the costs, his goods were not
necessarily all in Clare, so the order is to "The Several Sheriff's of

7, Dated 3rd. Jan. 1882.

8. Signatures of C. KELLY, (Judge), R.V.O'BRIEN, (Clerk of the Peace), and
J.B. MOLONY, (Solicitor.)

Normally the decree was given to the Sheriff for execution but as this one
remained among the Landlord's papers it is probable that the eviction never
took place, and that a settlement was made. There is no evidence as to why
McGrath did not pay his rent; it may have been as a result of the
agitation-the No Rent Campaign began in the October previous to the decree
but in any case he should have paid half the rent before that.