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Successfully submitted for the award of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) to the Dublin Institute of Technology, November, 2000.


Between the 18th and 19th centuries, the prosperity of Irish Catholic Tenants ebbed and flowed with the prevailing economic, political and social climate. The objective of this work is to illustrate that process by reference to the Robinson Family of North Kildare. Specifically, the dissertation will • Review the surveys undertaken in 1769, 1803, 1819, 1834, 1853, 1864 and 1744 • Establish the status of the Robinson Family as demonstrated by these surveys and other social and economic information, much of it previously unpublished. • Record, where, relevant, the contribution of the family to the social, economic and political developments in Kildare, in the broader national context and in a small number of cases, in the international area. Following an introduction, the methodology adopted involves a chapter on each of the relevant surveys. Each of these chapters will comprise two parts: Part A describes the survey and the surveyor while Part B focuses on the Robinson Family property, which they tenanted. The concluding chapter summarises the earlier work and clearly shows that the Robinson Family generally prospered during the 95 years under review. However, it is also evident that some members of the family were less fortunate and lived in virtual poverty. It may be concluded, therefore, that the Robinson Family were not atypical of the Catholic tenantry of the time. Appendix E concerns a paper on Charles Frizell, the surveyor who executed the 1803 survey, which the writer is scheduled to read at a forthcoming meeting of the Old Dublin Society. Frizell was a leading surveyor of his day and this paper on his work, life and family gives an insight into a member of a profession who are largely discreet, anonymous and non-controversial. Finally, a significant outcome of this study is the Robinson Family Genealogy line, which has been prepared to correlate with each of the seven surveys.


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