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Howard Jones How reliable is Folk History ? (241* d) RE: Lyr Add: How reliable is Folk History ? 17 May 18

Jim, I think you are missing my point. I am not trying to prove or disprove the allegations against Lord Leitrim. I am trying to answer the question posed by this thread, "How reliable is Folk History ?"

My conclusion on your views is based on what you have written, but you are going from the general to the specific. Yes there is plenty of actual evidence that the landlord class behaved appallingly, including their treatment of women. There are allegations, rumours and gossip about a specific individual. Taken together, on the balance of probabilities it is not unreasonable to believe that those rumours may be true about him. But believing is not knowing. What we cannot say is that those rumours, even (perhaps especially) when set out in song or passed down the generations by word of mouth, can be relied upon to any significant extent as confirmation that they are actually true. Neither can we say that there is not some basis of truth there either.

The same is true of any folk history. This is how legends arise.

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