Charles Boycott

Picture of Charles Boycott

Date of Birth: 03/12/1832

Age: 65

Place of birth: Norfolk

Citizenship: United Kingdom


Unlike many other terms, you know exactly when and how there was a boycott. His appearance this term shall Englishman, a retired captain of the British army, Charles Cunningham BoykottuCharles Cunningham Boycott (1832-1897), who moved to Ireland (then - part of the UK) and became manager of the estate. The estate belonged to the large landowners (as an Englishman), who appeared in Ireland is extremely rare. Boycott has elevated sense demands that led to the fact that his name went down in history.

1880 was difficult for Ireland. Prior to this, Ireland has experienced several bad harvests, which led to famine and mass emigration. Irish politician Charles Parnell ParnellCharles was a leader of the movement Irish Land League, advocated land reform. Parnell called for laborers working under the Boycott, demand from that increase to pay for their work. Boycott refused and even fired employees turned to him. Then he stepped in Parnell: Boycott first discovered that can not hire new laborers to replace dismissed. To save the situation - was the time of harvest - he with his family went to the field. Later it turned out that he and his family were victims of ostracism: they refused to serve in the local shops, the postman brought no letters to them, the neighbors refused to talk to them, etc. The word "boycott" suggested the use of a local Catholic priest who sympathized with the poor, who explained that the Greek word "stigma" has a political connotation, and "boycott" - is something special. Boycott did not give up: he drew strikebreakers - brought from the neighboring county of 50 Irish Protestants, which was guarded by one thousand police officers, who are paid the state.. However, the boycott Boycott won. In 1886 Boycott left Ireland, and the word "boycott" migrated in several European languages.