RETURNS OF OWNERS OF LAND 1873 (Scottish, Welsh & Irish)
|The Return of Owners of Land arose from the question put in the House of Lords on 19 February 1872 by the Earl of Derby to the Lord Privy Seal "whether it was the
intention of Her Majesty's Government to take any steps for ascertaining the number of proprietors of land and houses in the United Kingdom, with the quantity of land owned by each
Thus, in 1872 Local Government Boards were ordered to compile a list of owners of land from ratings records. [One return was prepared for England and Wales, excluding the Metropolis, and separate ones prepared for Scotland in 1874, and Ireland in 1876.]. The Return shows the holding, in acres, roods and poles, and estimated yearly rental, of all holdings over 1 acre.
It is organised by county and landowner and an address for each landowner also is given, but the address may not correspond to the location of the land and could be outside the county in question. The location of the land owned is not given.
These returns are also sometimes referred to as the Modern Domesday.
The Returns [on the right] are accessible free of charge for the Welsh data, whilst the Scottish and Irish Returns are available for a nominal sum to assist with the running of this website.
Scottish Landowners Returns
Irish Landowners Returns
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