Deodand due to Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork February, 1619 and its appearance in 18ht century leases.

In leases such as those on the Becher estate 18th century it was common for Landlords to reserve to themselves deodands,  suggesting that for example death of serious injury from horses was common.

Courtesy Melosina Lenox-Conyngham’s ‘Diaries of Ireland’ 1590-1987.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deodand

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