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Charles Cosslett’s Travel Diary 1790s Ireland and Britain observed

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 33, 2017


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Charles Grimké Cosslett kept a diary recording his travels as a very young man (he was aged eighteen when he embarked and ended his itinerary as a twentyyear old) in Ireland, England, Scotland and the Isle of Man in the years 1793–5. Such journeys, by generally relatively prosperous individuals, were not uncommon and many of those who undertook them wrote accounts of their journeys. They in a sense replaced the ‘Grand Tour’, the continent of Europe being closed to travellers from the British Isles, on account of upheavals in France from 1789 and the outbreak of the French Revolutionary wars between Britain and France in 1792