tenant right

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Was a phrase much in use in Irish politics, especially after the famine of 1846. Landlords complained that tenants devised new rights as soon as old ones were conceded. The three Fs for which the Tenant League later campaigned were free sale, fixity of tenure, and fair rent—all of which were slogans difficult to quantify. Gladstone's Land Act of 1870 legalized the Ulster custom where it existed. Gladstone's second Land Act of 1881 conceded free sale, improved security of tenure, and introduced a machinery for deciding what was a fair rent. Palmerston's comment—‘tenant right is landlord's wrong’—was the other side of the coin.

Subjects: British History — European History.

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