Plas Newydd Timeline, continues

Slowly, the Plas Newydd Timeline is building up! Tonight I’ve entered those mentions of Eleanor and Sarah from 1799 and 1800.

More to Come!

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For those just joining us, and who are asking “What’s the ‘Plas Newydd Timeline’?” — click on the links (at right, or hover over the link above) to find out who was writing about whom as travellers visit Plas Newydd, Llangollen. If enquiring minds would like to know what Sarah and Eleanor were like – here’s the opportunity to find out, from those who meet (or heard about) them.

More Visitors to Plas Newydd!

Michael in Aberystwyth has been combing archives for mentions of the Ladies of Llangollen; he recently wrote me the following:

I’ve been busy gathering more references to visitors to Plas Newydd.

I’m surprised how few published references there were to them while they were still alive. There are lots of descriptions of the grounds, the house and the Ladies in manuscripts, (often by women) but perhaps many of the men who published accounts of their tours didn’t think it appropriate to publicise a private residence.

The more I read about them, the more I think they might have wanted to live in a quiet place, but didn’t want to be wholly isolated from the world (as one of their visitors perceptively suggests) and the fact that they renamed the cottage Plas Newydd (the New Hall), even though it was originally a 4 roomed cottage, and added a library and decorated it with historic items as well as welcoming the nobility and gentry suggest that they were really living the life of those who lived in mansions and who allowed visitors to view their rooms (on certain terms), as well as acting as hosts to those of equal status or education, or talented artists of poets who had letters of introduction.

More to come from Michael. And do contact me should you should have information that might be of use to Michael. He’s interested in 18th and 19th century travellers to Wales, with a special desire to unearth more on Welsh National Costume.

George Borrow’s Wild Wales

I’ve tracked down a 3-volume edition of George Borrow’s Wild Wales at Internet Archive: vol I; vol II; vol III.

Borrow mentions the Ladies of Llangollen in several chapters. See the “bibliography” link for a chapter listing.

To learn more about Borrow, visit:

 

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