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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... home , for added to the natural beauty , he will see on all sides the beneficial
results of careful cultivation . ” In eighteenth - century Ireland and England , F . H .
A . Aalen has noted , hedgerows were the “ hallmark of avant garde improvers .
A year earlier , Inglis , as already noted , had taken Barrow ' s route in reverse ,
traveling out of Donegal and heading east to County Londonderry , crossing the
Foyle at Strabane . “ The poverty - stricken appearance of Irish towns , was fast ...
Assessing the townland of Murvey near Roundstone , Scott acknowledged the
richness of the plaggen or man - made soil on these small holdings , but he also
noted : “ There is no room for a single large Farm in this district , as the soil , tho ...