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William Steuart Trench (1808 - 1872):
Land agent and writer


William Steuart Trench was born near Portarlington, Queen's County (now County Laois) and was educated at the Armagh Royal School and Trinity College, Dublin. He won a gold medal for his essay on land reclamation. He was a land agent for the Shirley estate, County Monaghan, and later for Lord Landsdowne, Lord Bath and Lord Digby. He wrote a contemporary account of the famine, Realities of Irish Life which was published in 1868 and reprinted five times during that year. (An abridged edition was produced in 1966 with an introduction by Patrick Kavanagh). Other works include Ierne, a tale and Sketches of Life and Character in Ireland, which appeared each month in 1871 to 1872 in Evening Hours. He died in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan.

Born: 16 November 1808
Died: 4 August 1872
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