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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Even later travelers sometimes had difficulty in gauging Ireland ' s population
density . For one thing , people were not distributed evenly throughout the
countryside . Many peasants in the West of Ireland tended to live in rundale
14 Touring Connemara about a year later , John Barrow was convinced that the
region was “ capable of being converted into one of the most fertile and
productive districts in Ireland ; and that , by means of the multitude of lakes , or
tarns . . . an ...
... 1842 , 1843 ) that were later compiled into one volume under the title Hall ' s
Ireland . It was one of the most widely read of the nineteenth - century Irish travel
books and was later mined by the authors for a series of regional guidebooks .
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