1907 Evidence of Rev. Proscentor Townsend, Skibbereen
1907 Evidence to The Royal Commission On Congestion in Ireland. Nominee of the Bishop of Cork. Rev. Proscentor Horace Webb Townsend, B.A., B.E., T.C.D., Indian Born. Qualified Engineer, (1838-1915), Skibbereen. Under the System Operating a Farmer Spends 10 to 15 days to Plant an Acre of Potatoes Plus Horse Work. Advocated Commercial drying of Vegetables. About 1875 Through Selective Breeding He introduced a New Type of Sheep That has Been a Great Local Success. Refers to Labour Shortages. Does not Consider area Suitable for Tillage Suggests Grazing.
Horace was a witness at the Royal Commission on Congestion in Ireland: Eighth Report 1907. A digest of his evidence is at Pages LXVIII – LXIX of the Report and the record of his evidence is at Pages 193-195 of the Report. In it he states that “I have been farming the land several years in this district, so that I am accustomed to the way of farming. I have been trying to promote farming and tillage by trying to give land to schools for school farms, but I have found that the parents would not avail themselves of it. They said their boys would only be working for the benefit of the schoolmaster, and I did not succeed.” The Report is contained in the Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland.
From Colonel John Townsend, family history: