Distributed for University College Dublin Press
To be sure I hated Ireland most cordially; I had never seen it, and as a matter of choice would have preferred New South Wales, so completely was I influenced by the prevailing prejudice against that land of barbarism!’ Thus Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna recalled in her memoirs her view of Ireland as she had set off for that country in 1818. But she came to love Ireland, so much so that after her death her grave was planted with shamrocks. In this abridged version of the second edition of Personal Recollections (1847), Tonna gives a vivid account of her time in Ireland, of the violent activities of the Rockite movement in the mid-1820s in Kilkenny-Tipperary, and of the apocalyptic ultra-Evangelical ’siege mentality’ during the Tithe War and the run-up to Catholic Emancipation. It is also a valuable memoir of her religious and literary development,
Table of Contents
Introduction by Patrick Maume Letter V Ireland Letter VI Religious progress Letter VII Kilkenny Letter VIII The workings of Popery Letter IX The dumb boy Letter X England Letter XI Sandhurst Letter XII Separation Letter XIII National apostacy Letter XIV Employment Letter XV Darkness and light Letter XVI A removal Letter XVII Ireland.