DEFINITION OF THE ANGLO-IRISH

Posted by Tracy Fahey on January 07, 2008 in Guest Blog, Ms Tracey Fahey tagged with

The Anglo-Irish have been defined (Hugh A. Hall The Anglo-Irish, Irish Statesman 17th August 1929, p467) as “a well-known though never accurately defined, section of our people, differing from the rest very little in blood…but differing more or less widely in religious belief, or in social habits or in political associations, and not infrequently in all three…it may be assumed that the typical Anglo-Irishman is Protestant in faith, has some connection with the landowning class as it existed from the end of the 17th to the end of the 19th century, and cherishes family traditions of service to the Crown of these islands”

 

Their marginal status, familiar and strange at the same time, makes these Anglo-Irish writers, patrons and designers the idea portal for the Gothic, itself concerned with notions of marginality and difference. 

 

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