Travel journal of Dr. Richard Pococke. IE TCD MS 887 Public Deposited

Travel journal of Dr. Richard Pococke. IE TCD MS 887

Alternative title
  • Dr. Pococke's Irish Tour, 1752
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 887
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Date Created
  • 22 June 1752-27 August 1753
Physical extent
  • 124 numbered pages/105 numbered folios
  • IE TCD MS 887 is a hardback journal kept by Dr. Richard Pococke, Archdeacon of Dublin, Bishop of Ossory (1756-65), Bishop of Meath (1765), and the person credited with discovering Chamonix in 1741. Date range: 22 June 1752-27 August 1753. Not every folio is written on and there are gaps of up to 3 folios between entries. Some minor additions and corrections have been made by a second hand. Dr. Pococke’s journal has been studied and written about on numerous occasions, such as in Dr. George T. Stokes, 'Pococke's tour in Ireland in 1752' (Dublin and London: 1892), and Dr. John McVeigh, 'Richard Pococke's Irish tours' (Blackrock: 1995). The County Clare extracts were republished by Brian Ó Dálaigh in 'The stranger's gaze: travels in County Clare 1534-1950' (Ennis: 1998). Pococke sets off north from Dublin and gradually circumnavigates the island of Ireland. While travelling he visits friends and associates, comments on the architecture and economy of towns, preaches in a number of churches, and makes note of traditions still held by the local people. An island off Mayo called Ennis Clory ‘is a great burial place, of this island they [the local people] say that no rat or mouse will live in it, & go so far as to affirm, that if they bring the earth & shake it in a reck [sic] of corn, none of these vermin will touch it’. Pococke is interested in language and he notes Irish words, sayings, and place names phonetically; ‘Usquebaugh’ (uisce beithe: whiskey) and ‘Cunnehmarah’ (Connemara, Co. Galway). Also in the Baron of Forth, Co. Wexford the local people still use ‘the English of the time of Henry II and comes pretty near to Chaucer’. The notebook is paginated and was subsequently re-foliated 19 Oct. 1992, 'eliminating page + a numbers' (see foliation note at the end of the volume'. Blank versos of folios were not imaged. Contents: Folio 1: Co. Dublin ; Co. Louth: Drogheda, Dunleer, Castle Bellingham, Dundalk. Folio 2: Co. Louth: Carlingford. Folio 3: Co. Down: Newcastle, Maghera, Ardglass, Downpatrick. Folio 4: Co. Down: Strangford, Portaferry. Folio 5: Co. Down: Rosemount, Newtown, Bangor ; Co. Antrim: Carrickfergus, Belfast. Folio 7: Co. Antrim: Castle Dobbs, Larne. Folio 8: Co. Antrim: Cushendall, Ballycastle. Folio 10: Co. Antrim: Bay of Balintoy, Giant’s Causeway. Folio 12: Co. Derry: Coleraine, Limavady. Folio 14: Co. Derry: Lough Swilly. Folio 16: Co. Derry: Culduff, Clonmany ; Co. Donegal: Muff, Manorcunningham, Letterkenny. Folio 18: Co. Donegal: Rathmullan, Lough Erne. Folio 27: Co. Sligo: Castle Duncarbery, Bunduff. Folio 30: Co. Sligo: Ardnaglass, Dooneen, Ballina ; Co. Mayo: Lough Conn, Palmerstown. Folio 32: Co. Mayo: Castlebar, Newport. Folio 37: Co. Mayo: Curraghmore. Folio 41: Co. Mayo: Killala. Folio 44: Co. Mayo: Ballinrobe. Folio 46: Co. Galway: Connemara, Galway city . Folio 49: Co. Galway: Gort. Folio 51: Co. Clare: Quin, Six-Mile-Bridge. Folio 53: Co. Limerick: Newmarket, Adare. Folio 54: Co. Cork: Mallow. Folio 56: Co. Cork: Bandon, Carrigtwohill, Middleton. Folio 57: Co. Waterford: Cappoquin, Lismore. Folio 61: Co. Kilkenny: Kilrush. Folio 63: Co. Kilkenny: Thomastown. Folio 66: Co.Waterford: Tramore. Folio 69: Co.Waterford: Ardmore, Dungarvan. Folio 72: Co. Wexford: Enniscorthy, Fethard. Folio 74: Co. Wexford: Duncannon. Folio 80: Co. Wexford: Barony of Forth. Folio 83: Co. Wexford: Ferns ; Co. Wicklow: Arklow. Folio 84: Co. Wicklow: Newtownmountkennedy, Powerscourt. Folio 87: Co. Wicklow: Blessington ; Co. Kildare: Ballymore Eustace, Castledermot, Athy. Folio 88: Co. Laois: Timahoe, Abbeyleix. Folio 92: Co. Laois: Durrow. Folio 93: Co. Laois: Ballaghmore Castle ; Co. North Tipperary: Roscrea. Folio 94: Co. Cork: Donoughmore. Folio 97: Co. Dublin: Finglas, Glasnevin ; Co. Meath: Dunboyne, Tara. Folio 98: Co. Meath: Skreens, Bellinter. Folio 99: Co. Meath: Trim. Folio 102: Co. Meath: Navan. Folio 103: Co. Cavan ; Co. Meath: Nobber. Folio 105: Co. Kildare: Naas.
Finding aid
Resource type
  • ink
  • covers (gathered matter components)
  • Irish
Digital Object Id
  • MS887_001
  • 0032336


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