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Emigration from the Powerscourt Estate, Benburb, Clonfeacle Parish, Co. Tyrone during the Great Famine 1849

Extracted from the Tyrone Constitution [Omagh], April 27, 1849
Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by
Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia
len_swindley[at]hotmail.com

EMIGRATION. - THE POWERSCOURT ESTATE, COUNTY TYRONE. – The trustees of this estate lately sent out, by the Elizabeth and Helen Thompson, from Belfast to New York, about 200 inhabitants, small farmers, who, being unable to support themselves on their lands in consequence of the failure of the potato crop, were desirous to emigrate, but had not the necessary means. The trustees through WALTER HORE, Esq., the agent of the estates, gave instructions that these poor people should be clothed, their passage paid that they should be amply provided with provisions, and that each of them should be given a sum of money in gold to meet their immediate wants, on reaching their destination. The wishes of the trustees were most effectively carried out by Mr. ROBERT WILSON, of Benburb, who went to Belfast and engaged the passages of the parties, providing them with everything necessary for the voyage and saw them comfortably berthed. We understand that between thirty and forty others, from the same estate, will shortly be sent out in a similar manner.

[NB: The village of Benburb lies within Clonfeacle parish, Co. Tyrone]