Charles Boycott

1832 - 1897

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Charles Cunningham Boycott (12 March 1832 – 19 June 1897) was an English land agent whose ostracism by his local community in Ireland gave the English language the verb "to boycott". He had served in the British Army 39th Foot, which brought him to Ireland. After retiring from the army, Boycott worked as a land agent for Lord Erne, a landowner in the Lough Mask area of County Mayo.In 1880, as part of its campaign for the Three Fs (fair rent, fixity of tenure, and free sale) and specifically in resistance to proposed evictions on the estate, local activists of the Irish National Land League encouraged Boycott's employees (including the seasonal workers required to harvest the crops on Lord Erne's estate) to withdraw their labour, and began a campaign of isolation against Boycott in the local community. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Boycott has received more than 325,837 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Charles Boycott is the 268th most popular social activist (down from 247th in 2019), the 2,051st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,965th in 2019) and the 21st most popular British Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Charles Boycott ranks 268 out of 544Before him are Ken Saro-Wiwa, Nimr al-Nimr, Ricardo Flores Magón, Édouard René de Laboulaye, Muhamed Mehmedbašić, and Gaius Hostilius Mancinus. After him are Jayaprakash Narayan, Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, Millicent Fawcett, Eugène Terre'Blanche, Carlo Cafiero, and Lampião.

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Among people born in 1832, Charles Boycott ranks 46Before him are Peter Ludwig Mejdell Sylow, Nikolai Zverev, Đura Jakšić, Arthur Hughes, Count Gustav Kálnoky, and Julius von Sachs. After him are Alvan Graham Clark, Jules Vallès, Charilaos Trikoupis, Lina Sandell, Wilhelm Julius Foerster, and Lucien Quélet. Among people deceased in 1897, Charles Boycott ranks 42Before him are David Schwarz, Henri Meilhac, Stanislas de Guaita, Charles-Denis Bourbaki, James Legge, and Julius von Sachs. After him are Prince William of Baden, Alvan Graham Clark, Ion Ghica, Friedrich August Theodor Winnecke, Karol Mikuli, and Émile Levassor.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Charles Boycott ranks 2,051 out of 6,924Before him are James Blunt (1974), Asser (900), Thomas Bradwardine (1300), John Pell (1611), Christopher Robin Milne (1920), and E. Nesbit (1858). After him are John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall (1316), Harriet Martineau (1802), Sylvester McCoy (1943), Ray Winstone (1957), Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 1st Earl of Minto (1751), and Thor Vilhjálmsson (1925).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United Kingdom

Among social activists born in United Kingdom, Charles Boycott ranks 21Before him are Max Mosley (1940), Kate Sheppard (1848), Eglantyne Jebb (1876), Flora MacDonald (1722), Sylvia Pankhurst (1882), and Christabel Pankhurst (1880). After him are Millicent Fawcett (1847), Allan Octavian Hume (1829), Donald Watson (1910), Venetia Burney (1918), Josephine Butler (1828), and Mary Toft (1703).