Charles Crotty was a landlord who purchased an 1808 acre estate in April 1852, and by September, had evicted 44 families. He was widely disliked for this. He also divided land up into small parcels, making it difficult for tenants to make a living.
There were many attempts on his life. He was once shot in the eye by a Newport man commissioned for the job, and nearly died. In 1858, an RIC barracks was built near Crotty’s house to protect him. When he finally died, the locals ransacked his house and stuffed potatoes into his mouth. A legend persists that his ghost haunts the house.