Tourism, Landscape, and the Irish Character: British Travel Writers in Pre-Famine Ireland
Picturesque but poor, abject yet sublime in its Gothic melancholy, the Ireland perceived by British visitors during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries did not fit their ideas of progress, propriety, and Protestantism. The rituals of Irish Catholicism, the lamentations of funeral wakes, the Irish language they could not comprehend, even the landscapes were all strange to tourists from England, Wales, and Scotland. Overlooking the acute despair in England’s own industrial cities, these travelers opined in their writings that the poverty, bog lands, and ill-thatched houses of rural Ireland indicated moral failures of the Irish character.
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He also appended to his book an eyewitness account of atrocities perpetrated
against loyal Wexford Protestants by the ... unambiguously for Protestant triumph
, the spot where the histories of Britain and Ireland appeared to come together .
The memory of ' the Boyne Water ' must be dear to every Irish Protestant - every
lover of Protestant liberty ; let him drink it ( a toast ) , if so minded ; but ought he
couple it with the idol of College - green ? " ; 263 . The reference is to the statute
See also estate tourism ; Protestant Ascendancy Protestant Ascendancy , 8
Protestant Colonization Society , 172 “ Providentialism , ” 177 - 78 , 229n37
Pükler - Muskau , Prince Herman Ludwig Heinrich von , 16 - 17 Pullan , Ann ,