The Land Agent in transnational context: an interdisciplinary conference

The Land Agent in transnational context: an interdisciplinary conference

On Saturday 24 October the European Forum for Research into Houses, Estates and Families hosted ‘The Land Agent in transnational context: an interdisciplinary conference’ at the University of Dundee. Organised by Dr Annie Tindley, Dr Lowri Ann Rees, and Dr Ciarán Reilly, the conference probed the role, function and career of land agents in Britain and Ireland from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. The following papers were delivered at the conference:

• Lowri Ann Rees, ‘"He is certainly the most difficult subject you can well imagine or that I ever had to deal with": the relationship between landlord and agent, a south-west Wales case study, 1841-47’

• Malcolm Bangor-Jones, ‘The role of the minor estate official in the 19th century north west Highlands’

• Annie Tindley, ‘Castle Government’: the psychologies of land ownership and management in north Sutherland, c. 1860-1911

• Ciaran Reilly, ‘A land agency business during the Irish Revolution, 1912-23’

• Einion Thomas, ‘J.E.Vincent, Lord Penrhyn's unofficial agent, and the Royal Commission on Land in Wales, 1893 -1896’

• Ewen Cameron, ‘Factoring in the factor on state-owned land in the Scottish Highlands, 1897 to the 1920s’

• Daniel Cook, 'The Dean's Reasons for Not Building at Drapier's Hill (1730)'

• John MacGregor, ‘The factor and railway promotion in the Scottish Highlands – the West Highland Railway’

• Finlay McKichen, ‘Peter Fairbairn: Highland factor and Caribbean plantation manager’

The European Forum for Research into Houses, Estates and Families is led by its partners the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates, Maynooth University; the Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates at Bangor University; the Centre for Scotland’s Land Futures at University of Dundee and University of Stirling; the Yorkshire Country House Partnership and the Thames Valley Country House Partnership.