View of Carrickbeg from Carrick-on-Suir, on the other side of the river, showing a substantial bridge, a cluster of houses on the far side and the ruins of the Franciscan friary. In the foreground are steps leading down to the river bank, and three figures: a woman carrying a basket on her head, and two others bending over by the water, possibly washing clothes. The low angle emphasizes the massive masonry of the river wall and the height of a nearby building. Large hill in the background.
|Subject(s)||Architecture, Cities and towns|
|Keywords(s)||Bridges, Buildings, Churches, Heraldic devices, Hills, Houses, Rivers, Ruins, Women|
|Dimensions||31.5 cm x 21.5 cm|
|Published / created||1774|
|Travel Account||Journal and sketchbook, Ireland (1774)|
|Print or manuscript||Manuscript|
|Location of image in copy||PD/435 [image 22]|
|Source copy||Formerly in Cornwall Record Office. PD/470-473, PD/435|
|Rights||Now in private collection. No reproduction authorized.|
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|From hence we had a charming ride over pleasant meadows on the river side almost the whole way to Carrick on Sure. Upon the banks on either side are several old castles & some pretty villa’s belonging to the manufacturers of Carrick. The manufactories of ratteens carried on here are very considerable. The White boys, who have long disturbed the peace of this part of the country, committed some horrid barbary upon a poor man who was left to guard some tithe corn in this neighbourhood, they cut out his tongue, cut off one of his ears & abused him miserably besides & then burnt the corn. Instances have been frequently known of their burying people alive with their head out of the ground. A procter, who [is] now alive underwent this punishment.
Carrick has one good street, an old Bridge, and the remains of a large old castle belonging to the Butler family.
On the other side of the River is Carrick beg (or little Carrick). The remains of an old abbey here are remarkable for a high square tower that is built on the edge of one of the walls projecting two feet from the surface and sloping gradually towards a point till it becomes even with it, forming an inverted cone with its base.
From hence we made an excursion 4 miles fr. Carrick to Ld Besborough’s which is a handsome house ornamented with pillars and chimney pieces of the Kilkenny marble and some good pictures. This nobleman’s house is open for the accommodation of all strangers who have any pretense to a genteel reception; it is not long since several companies of soldiers both officers and men were received here [&] provided with Lodging and provisions.
This house tho’ never visited by its noble owner is in as good repair, as if he was hourly expected. The park is finely planted, & of some size.
He has an estate of 6000 £ pr. an. exclusive of 5000 pr. an. from his Archbishoprick – his house here has cost him upwards of 30,000 £ as he himself told us. He is a fine old man of 84 years of age, has all his faculties perfect, he sees a great deal of the world & is very entertaining but of all the men I ever saw the vainest. There is no commendation of his house, park, dinner, or any thing about him that is sufficient to gratify his vanity.
Castleton, a private house of the Archb[isho]p of Cashel’s which he has lately built upon his estate here, is abt. 3 miles from the last seat. This is a noble mansion of a fair stile of building that has a very grand, elegant appearance. It is in the middle of a park full of plantations and abounding with variety of ground. The inside is answerable to its exterior appearance, no sort of elegance being wanting either in furniture or in the distribution of the appartments. Upon the whole it struck me as one of the completest *houses I had seen in this country.
*The chief front of the house resembles Buckingham house in St James park.
We spent a day with his Grace who entertained us very handsomely and with the utmost civility accompanying us himself over the whole of his domain.
While we were at Carrick we saw the titular Archb[isho]p of Cashel (Dr Butler). He had just paid a visit to his competitor who enjoys more than the empty name conferd on him by the lord of Rome; and to the surprise of the latter was announced with the title he bears among those of his persuasion. He is allowed 400 p. ann which is raised upon the revenues of the priests of the diocese. [Unpaginated]