Plumptre, Anne Narrative of a Residence in Ireland during the summer of 1814 and that of 1815, by Anne Plumptre, Author of Narrative of a Three Years’ Residence in France, Etc., illustrated With Numerous Engravings of remarkable scenery.
London, Printed for Henry Colburn, 1817
This impressive three-volume edition of Anne Plumptre’s work has been enhanced by the addition of many contemporary plates, maps and text. Anne Plumptre was an English writer who was one of the leading female intellectuals of her time. She was anti-aristocratic and liberal in her outlook and her attitude to Ireland is an interesting one. While the greater part of the Narrative is made up of descriptions of well-known beauty spots such as Glendalough, the Giant’s Causeway and the Lakes of Killarney, she also includes some political and social commentary. Unlike many English visitors of the period, she is anxious to counteract the common impression of the native Irish as wild, dirty and uncivilized. She notes that the country has suffered much from neglectful and absentee landlords but that she has travelled through the remotest parts without harassment.
For further works by Anne Plumptre, and for further information on 19th century visitors to Ireland see the Dublin City Public Libraries catalogue.