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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46 A Malthusian Landscape Although Ireland ' s population explosion is usually
credited to ( or blamed on ) the potato , it is more accurate to see the tuber as one
element in a systemic process that created a set of unique circumstances ...
and 1845 , the eve of the Great Famine , Ireland ' s population increased by four -
fifths , from around 4 . 9 million to about 8 . 5 million . This spectacular half -
century rise came on top of a dramatic growth in the second half of the eighteenth
... 119 ; on Irish seascape , 24 ; on iron furnaces , 220n5 ; on Killary Harbor , 167 ;
on peasantry , 53 - 54 ; on population , 103 ; on potato , 98 , 99 ; on Roman
Catholicism , 41 ; on stone walls , 159 ; and use of moral metaphor , 159