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Captain ‘Boycott’s’ Own Copy
Fishing: O’Gorman – The Practice of Angling, Particularly as Regards Ireland, 2 vols. in one, sm. 8vo D. (Wm. Curry & Co.) 1855. One hf. title & 1 ptd. title, pp. 320, 260 & single advert leaf at end, orig. cloth. V. good. Ex. Rare.
* Fine association copy, inscribed inside front cover ‘C.C. Boycott, Acorrymore, Achill, Dec. 1863’ Capt. Charles Cunningham Boycott, first came to Achill about 1857. He built a house near Keem Bay & moved to Acorrymore when his house was burned down. He became a land agent for Lord Erne and was reputed to be a very cruel landlord. In the 1880’s as part of their campaign for the Three F’s (fair rent, fixity of tenure, & free sale), the Irish Land League under Charles Stewart Parnell & Michael Davitt, withdraw the local labour required to save Lord Erne’s harvest, in order to protect the tenants, and achieve their rights. When Boycott tried to undermine the campaign, the League launched the famous campaign of isolation in the local community. Locals refused to tend to his house, the postman refused to deliver his mail etc.
The Campaign against Boycott became a ’cause celebre’ in the Irish & British Press. His name was added to English language, ‘boycott’, the verb, to shun or ostracize.