Letter of Allan Cameron
Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives
Donegal Index
Donegal Miscellaneous Index
Contributed by Mary Heaphy

County Donegal, Ireland

From papers in the National Library, Dublin.


Letter of Allan CAMERON, Deputy Divisional Commissioner of the
R.I.C. to Landlord's agent John J. BENISON re implements required
for evictions at Townavilly, Raphoe, Co. Donegal, March 1889.

BENISON who resided at Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, was agent for the
estates of the Commissioners of Education, (generally known as
the Endowed Schools Commissioners) at Townavilly. The tenants had
combined in a rent strike under the plan of Campaign and the
Commissioners eventually decided to evict. At that time when
large numbers were being evicted in an area the divisional
commissioner or his deputy took charge of security arrangements
and directed both police and military. Divisional headquarters
were at Armagh and Cameron stayed at a hotel while he was on
service in Donegal. To ensure a minimum  of resistance by tenants
the policy of the Chief Secretary, Balfour, was to have all
possible aids, most notable being the battering ram made
available to the evicting party and Cameron is anxious to avail
of the facility. The letter is written by a clerk and signed by


Gweedore Hotel.
Co. Donegal.
March 1889.

Dear Sir,

I have fixed on Tuesday the 12th inst as date on which to carry
out evictions on the property of the Commissioners of Education
at Townavilly and have so informed Sub. Sheriff.

I have informed him that I consider it necessary to have on the
spot for the purpose of forcing a speedy entrance should
determined opposition be given as apprehended the following
implements viz;-A battering ram, a saw, shields, and two ladders,
and I have further informed him that unless these implements are
provided together with a proper staff to work them, it will
become necessary for me to consider whether I can continue to
afford protection after a reasonable period has elapsed for
effecting an entrance.

Yours Faithfully,

                                                Allan CAMERON.