Lotho Sackville-Baggins buys much land in the Shire (estimated date)
Event Type: General
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
'It all began with Pimple, as we call him,' said Farmer Cotton; 'and it began as soon as you'd gone off, Mr. Frodo. He'd funny ideas had Pimple. Seems he wanted to own everything himself, and then order other folk about. It soon came out that he already did own a sight more than was good for him; and he was always grabbing more, though where he got the money was a mystery: mills and malt-houses and inns, and farms, and leaf-plantations. He'd already bought Sandyman's mill before he came to Bag End, seemingly.
'Of course he started with a lot of property in the Southfarthing which he had from his dad; and it seems he'd been selling a lot o' the best leaf, and sending it away quietly for a year or two.'
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 8, The Scouring of the Shire
[Saruman] liked to extend his power, especially into Gandalf's province, and he found that the money he could provide for the purchase of "leaf" was giving him power, and was corrupting some of the Hobbits, especially the Bracegirdles, who owned many plantations, and so also the Sackville-Bagginses.
Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 4, The Hunt for the Ring: Other Versions of the Story
The date is an estimate, set to follow the event Saruman opens trade with the Shire.
Elena Tiriel 1Dec05