Captain Boycott
  Captain Boycott lived in Lough Mask House about 4 miles north of Cong. In 1880 Charles Boycott retired as a Captain with the English army. He acted as the agent and for Lord Erne on his estate on the shores of Lough Corrib as Erne lived in Sligo. It was Charles Stuart Parnell who advised the farmers of the time not to use force as retaliation for the acts of the Landlords and their agents instead he introduced a system of organised ostracisation of overbearing Landlords. The scheme was first initiated at Lough Mask.

Boycott was extremely unpopular with his tenants at he time. He insisted on military discipline from the tenants. It was on a day towards the end of September 1880 that the isolation and alienation of the Captain Boycott began. Employees deserted their posts, harvesters ceased work in the fields, grooms and boys deserted the stables and finally the domestic staff left the house. In turn local tradesmen and other business people form the area shun the Captain and the local postman refused to deliver post to the house. In general most if not all the local people refused to have any social contact with him.
In reprisal Lord Erne mobilised a team of about forty Ulster Orangemen to the area and the English government provided the necessary protection through Her Majesty's Huzzars, cavalry and artillery as escorts. The ritualistic daily monotonous tasks, which were always performed by the local tenants and employees now were daunting tasks that required military protection. The soldiers from England were treated horridly by Boycott and were left to fend for themselves on army rations through the severe winter of that year while the orange contingent were put up in Lough Mask House and treated very well. Eventually the army sympathised and associated themselves with the tenants. In the end Boycott had no other choice but to give way. However in the midst of all the happenings during one evening Charles Boycott upped and left, absconding Lough Mask House and all in residence there and departed the country never to be seen again.
The work of the local peasantry still stands to this day in the form of the term boycotting and is now widely used in the English language.