Tuesday, November 24, 2015

'The Truth About Ulster' - Frank Frankfort Moore (1914)

F Frankfort Moore

Frank Frankfort Moore (1855–1931) was born to Presbyterian parents in Limerick. He was a brother-in-law of Bram Stoker, and was a prolific writer. He was educated at Inst in Belfast and became a journalist with the Belfast News Letter. This volume, now online, has some superb observations about Ulster life - some scathing, but mostly packed with truth. Here's a gem of an extract:

'… We reckoned it no feat to cross that narrow channel, and to watch the Galloway hills, already seen to be green by anyone looking out from Donaghadee or Ballywalter, become clearer and brighter with every hour's sailing, until the beautiful undulations of the shores of Lough Ryan were on each side of us, and we could run our boat comfortably into a natural harbour with a sandy ground to drop our anchor into. And when we hailed one of the fishermen outside his own cottage, we found him and his people speaking exactly the same dialect as was spoken on the Irish coast which we had left a few hours before; for the Scotch of the County Down coast from Bangor to Portaferry, is the Scotch of the coast of Galloway …'


gutcher said...

Hello Mark.
Thanks for the introduction to a most interesting book--it cost me a nights sleep reading it.
Anent the part on saints days holidays, did I tell you of the time Westminster brought out an edict on these during the killing times here in Scotland==anyone working their land on one of these days would have their horses/owsen removed and sold.
One old farmer on the banks of the Nith, yeclept Armstrong by name, living within sight of the redcoats barracks, yoked his ten sons to the plough and ploughed the full day in the face of the passing soldiers.
Would that their descendants have shown the same backbone during the recent referendum