New publication to be launched at the AGM on 13th May 2010Who Owned Rutland in 1873? Rutland Entries in Return of Owners of Land 1873by T H McK CloughRLHRS Occasional Publication No 9About this bookIn the early 1870s there were social concerns that too much land in Britain was in the hands of too few major landowners, and Parliament decided to carry out a survey to settle the matter. The result was the publication of the Return of Owners of Land 1873 in two massive volumes. The survey lists for each county all those identified as holding over an acre of land, where they lived, how much they held, and the notional rental value. Despite errors and omissions, the Return is a mine of information about the people of each county: Rutland is no exception. The return for Rutland is analysed in detail, with a discussion of who the county’s landowners were, where they came from and what they did. There are special sections on the parish of Lyddington and on an intriguing mystery concerning a group of minor landowners with strong associations with Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire. The 563 Rutland entries are transcribed in full, with notes about many of the individuals in the list. Paperback, A4, 60pp, illustrations, tables, index of addresses.