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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For Caesar Otway , see Sketches in Ireland , Descriptive of Interesting , and
Hitherto Unnoticed Districts in the North and South , 275 , italics added . 19 .
Chatterton , Rambles , 1 : 17 – 18 . 20 . William Bennett , Narrative of a Recent
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A Rollicking Irish Tour , by Rag , Tag and Bobtail , with Free and Easy Sketches
by A . R - A . Paisley , 1877 . Anon . A Run around Ireland in August 1850 , by “ A
” and “ B ” ( reprinted from the Scotsman ) . N . d . Anon . “ Sketch of a Journey ...
Sketches in Ireland , Descriptive of Interesting , and Hitherto Unnoticed Districts
in the North and South . Dublin , 1827 . - . A Tour in Connaught , Comprising
Sketches of Clonmacnoise , Joyce Country and Achill . Dublin , 1839 . Plumptre ...