File NLW MS 23959B. - Tour to Killarney

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NLW MS 23959B.


Tour to Killarney


  • 1826 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

46 ff. (blank from f. 18 verso) ; 180 x 110 mm.

Marbled paper covers; '45' and 'Killarney 1826' (ink on front cover).

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Archival history

'By a member of the Parker family, nr Oswestry and Llangollen' and 'Miss Ponsonby' (in a later hand in pencil, inside front cover); 'RBA98/250/30' (in pencil on f. 46).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Richard M. Ford Ltd; London; Purchase; March 2007; 004460055.

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Scope and content

A notebook, [2]-[10] August 1826 (watermark 1824), by the artist the Rev. John Parker of Sweeney Hall, containing the concluding part of an account of a tour to Killarney, Ireland, being a continuation of his journal, now NLW MS 18248A.
Parker describes excursions in the area of Killarney and its lakes (ff. 1-9 verso), including visits to the island of Innisfallen (ff. 2 verso-4, 5 recto-verso), and to Aghadoe (ff. 4-5), followed by the return journey to Britain via Cork (ff. 10 verso-12), Cashel (ff. 12 verso-16), and Dublin. There are frequent descriptions of scenery and of architectural features, including a lengthy description of the Rock of Cashel (ff. 13-15), and there are references throughout to sketches drawn by him. A letter delivered by Parker in Killarney from a 'Miss Ponsonby' is probably from Sarah Ponsonby, one of the Ladies of Llangollen (f. 8 verso). The 'Mr O'Connell and his brother (not the counsellor)' referred to on ff. 2 recto-verso are probably the two younger brothers of Daniel O'Connell. The text includes a poem in praise of Killarney by the author (ff. 3-4).

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Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Spine almost entirely wanting; covers worn.

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Related units of description

For the first part of this journal, 24 July-2 August 1826, see NLW MS 18248A; for other tour journals of John Parker see NLW MSS 16086-9, 18249-56, 19382E.

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Original title (f. 1).


Preferred citation: NLW MS 23959B.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH.


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Dates of creation revision deletion

August 2010, April 2013.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifan, and revised by Rhys Morgan Jones;

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