The Big House Library in Ireland

Books in Ulster Country Houses

Author: Mark Purcell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780707804163

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 128

View: 9510

In 1850 there were perhaps 2000 country houses in Ireland. Standing at the heart of its demesne, each Big House dominated its locality, but by the end of the 20th century, only a few hundred survived intact. No more than a handful were still in the possession of their original owners, or contained many of their original contents, including a substantial library. In some cases, this might well have been the only library in the district, though whether it was a carefully assembled collection or a haphazard accumulation of ancestral books would have varied from place to place. The National Trust in what is now Northern Ireland is responsible for most of the survivors. These collections have survived almost like time capsules, never subject to atmospheric pollution or the attentions of reforming librarians, and not heavily used in modern times. Many of their books contain the bookplates and ownership inscriptions of their long-dead owners, as well as instructions to binders, handwritten marginal notes and prices, and even the odd pressed flower; most are also in their original bindings. Together these features tell us a good deal about the tastes and interests of the people who owned them, and about the use, abuse and circulation of print across the whole of Ireland over a period of more than 400 years. Drawing on a wide range of previously untapped sources and evidence from the collections themselves, this lavishly-illustrated book is a must for anyone interested in the history of reading, collecting or country houses in Ireland.

Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the UK and Republic of Ireland

Author: Karen Attar

Publisher: Facet Publishing

ISBN: 1783300167

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 752

View: 1937

This directory is a handy on-volume discovery tool that will allow readers to locate rare book and special collections in the British Isles. Fully updated since the second edition was published in 1997. this comprehensive and up-to-date guide encompasses collections held in libraries, archives, museums and private hands. The Directory: Provides a national overview of rare book and special collections for those interested in seeing quickly and easily what a library holds Directs researchers to the libraries most relevant for their research Assists libraries considering acquiring new special collections to assess the value of such collections beyond the institution,showing how they fit into a ‘unique and distinctive’ model. Each entry in the Directory provides background information on the library and its purpose, full contact details, the quantity of early printed books, information about particular subject and language strengths, information about unique works and important acquisitions, descriptions of named special collections and deposited collections. Readership: Researchers, academic liaison librarians and library managers.

Literary Salons Across Britain and Ireland in the Long Eighteenth Century

Author: Amy Prendergast

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137512717

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

View: 4906

The eighteenth-century salon played an important role in shaping literary culture, while both creating and sustaining transnational intellectual networks. Focusing on archival materials, this book is the first detailed examination of the literary salon in Ireland, considered in the wider contexts of contemporary salon culture in Britain and France.

Ambassadors of the Book

Competences and Training for Heritage Librarians

Author: Raphaële Mouren

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110301504

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 196

View: 2716

What competences are needed for heritage librarians, and how can they be taught? The management of heritage collections requires a unique mix of knowledge and skills, including expertise in preservation and conservation; heritage policies; acquisitions and collection management; bibliographic description; the materiality of books and other collection objects; and the history of libraries. Librarians must also understand the need for open access, the importance of marketing, and the challenges posed by digitization.

The Presbyterians of Ulster, 1680-1730

Author: Robert Whan

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 1843838729

Category: History

Page: 252

View: 9094

A comprehensive survey and analysis of the Presbyterian community in its important formative period.

Technology and the Big House in Ireland, C. 1800-c. 1930

Author: Charles John Thomas Carson

Publisher: Cambria Press

ISBN: 1604976357

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 346

View: 2746

By the beginning of the nineteenth century, over ninety-five percent of all the productive land in Ireland was in the hands of Anglo-Irish landowners. They lived in the 'big houses', some of which still exist today, resplendent within their walled estates. Many others are now only gaunt ruins silhouetted against somber Irish skies, victims of 'the troubles' in the 1920s. There is a continuing fascination with the history of the big house in Ireland. Much of this interest stems from the Anglo-Irish living in places apart, in their estates, often in remote areas of an undeveloped and hostile land. Part of the appeal is in the characters, neither wholly English nor Irish, who made up this landowning class in Ireland. However, another part, largely ignored until this study, is how many of these landowners not only met these challenges but achieved remarkable levels of self-sufficiency. It was their exploitation of technology that hugely bolstered their status and independence and enabled them to lead an exotic lifestyle in Ireland. Although much has been written regarding the social and political history of the Anglo-Irish in Ireland, little research has been conducted into the practical problems of living there. At a time when there were few roads, no railways, and sailing ships were the unreliable connection with England, existence might have been very basic indeed. Charles Carson uncovers and explains in simple terms the technologies employed, to not only make life bearable, but in some case to become a triumph over seemingly impossible odds. An appreciation of this background helps to explain the sense of status and independence that emanates from the big house in Ireland until their demise in the late twentieth century. Interdisciplinary investigative methods were used in this work. These included extensive archival research of estate papers throughout Ireland; fieldwork involving examination and photography of still-extant big house technology; and the use of published fictional and biographical big house material. Much additional insight, and suggestions for further research, resulted from visits to various big house locations. Owners, often descendants of the original families, or managers and ground staff, provided important local knowledge. Climbing amongst stored artefacts in cellars, barns, and subterranean tunnels helped to bring the past alive. Something of the ambiance of these explorations informs this book, thus helping towards an understanding of the fundamental importance of technology in underpinning the status and independence of the big house in Ireland. By examining the range, costs, and changing nature of the technologies employed, this book makes an important contribution to a deeper understanding of life in the big house in Ireland circa 1800 to circa 1930. Brief descriptions, accompanied by drawings or photographs, are employed to explain the operation, limitations, and improvements of many of the installations and techniques. These include water closets, pumps, cisterns, boilers, and firefighting equipment; open fires, hot air stoves, and central heating; walled gardens, hot walls and beds, warm air, steam, and hot water heating of glasshouses; the construction, location, stocking, and use of ice houses and ice; daylight enhancement, candle, oil, gas, and electric lighting; an optical telegraph, a church spire, engine driven equipment on the estate farm as well as mapping of bogs and their reclamation by wooden railways. Technology and the Big House in Ireland, c. 1800-c. 1930 is an important reference source for Irish study groups worldwide.

The Decline of the Big House in Ireland

A Study of Irish Landed Families, 1860-1960

Author: Terence A. M. Dooley

Publisher: Wolfhound Press (IE)


Category: Administration of estates

Page: 336

View: 511

This is a history of Ireland's big houses from the post-famine years until the 1950s.

The Buildings of Peter Harrison

Cataloguing the Work of the First Global Architect, 1716–1775

Author: John Fitzhugh Millar

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476615748

Category: Art

Page: 244

View: 8058

Perhaps the most important architect ever to have worked in America, Peter Harrison’s renown suffers from the destruction of most of his papers when he died in 1775. He was born in Yorkshire, England in 1716 and trained to be an architect as a teenager. He also became a ship captain, and soon sailed to ports in America, where he began designing some of the most iconic buildings of the continent. In a clandestine operation, he procured the plans for the French Canadian fortress of Louisbourg, enabling Massachusetts Governor William Shirley to capture it in 1745. This setback forced the French to halt their operation to capture all of British America and to give up British territory they had captured in India. As a result, he was rewarded with commissions to design important buildings in Britain and in nearly all British colonies around the world, and he became the first person ever to have designed buildings on six continents. He designed mostly in a neo–Palladian style, and invented a way of building wooden structures so as to look like carved stone—“wooden rustication.” He also designed some of America’s most valuable furniture, including inventing the coveted “block-front,” and introducing the bombe motif. In America, he lived in Newport, Rhode Island, and in New Haven, Connecticut, where he died at the beginning of the War of Independence.

Wayfaring Strangers

The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia

Author: Fiona Ritchie,Doug Orr

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469618230

Category: Music

Page: 384

View: 4711

Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a steady stream of Scots migrated to Ulster and eventually onward across the Atlantic to resettle in the United States. Many of these Scots-Irish immigrants made their way into the mountains of the southern Appalachian region. They brought with them a wealth of traditional ballads and tunes from the British Isles and Ireland, a carrying stream that merged with sounds and songs of English, German, Welsh, African American, French, and Cherokee origin. Their enduring legacy of music flows today from Appalachia back to Ireland and Scotland and around the globe. In Wayfaring Strangers, Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr guide readers on a musical voyage across oceans, linking people and songs through centuries of adaptation and change. From ancient ballads at the heart of the tradition to instruments that express this dynamic music, Ritchie and Orr chronicle the details of an epic journey. Enriched by the insights of key contributors to the living tradition on both sides of the Atlantic, this abundantly illustrated volume includes a CD featuring 20 songs by musicians profiled in the book, including Dolly Parton, Dougie MacLean, Cara Dillon, John Doyle, Pete Seeger, Sheila Kay Adams, Jean Ritchie, Doc Watson, David Holt, Anais Mitchell, Al Petteway, and Amy White.

The Book Collector

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Book collecting

Page: N.A

View: 8749

The Spectator

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: English literature

Page: N.A

View: 7516

Irish houses & castles

Author: Desmond Guinness,William Ryan

Publisher: Studio


Category: Architecture

Page: 352

View: 337

British library resources

a bibliographical guide

Author: Robert Bingham Downs,Elizabeth Crooks Downs

Publisher: N.A


Category: Reference

Page: 332

View: 4042

A Commercial Dictionary

Containing the Present State of Mercantile Law, Practice, and Custom Intended for the Use of the Cabinet, the Counting-house, and the Library

Author: Joshua Montefiore

Publisher: N.A


Category: Commerce

Page: 655

View: 5728

Antiquarian Bookman

The Specialist Book Trade Weekly

Author: William White

Publisher: N.A


Category: Booksellers and bookselling

Page: N.A

View: 5860

The Tablet

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 9013

The international Catholic weekly.