Swattle, and other poems

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  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 23
  • Dates of Creation
      1723
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English
  • Physical Description
      1 vol. (137 pp.) Bound in part of a parchment deed of ca.1700, text on inner sides. Inserted is a letter from F. [Ebinston?] Ball to "Dear Clements", 5 March 1911 from [4?] Wilton Place, Dublin, about the manuscript.
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Scope and Content

Manuscript book devoted almost entirely to the long narrative poem "Swattle", a humorous hudibrastic narrative recounting the life and adventures, largely in Ireland, of a rascally physician Swattle who lives mainly for drinking; with much discursive satire. In eight cantos, with a concluding "Swattles Last Will" and a preliminary subject index. Extensively corrected and augmented by the original hand. Also contains a few shorter items.

Administrative / Biographical History

The author/compiler of this poetical manuscript is unknown

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Bought from Sotheby's sale, 31 October-1 November 1966, Lot 1211

Note

In English

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Custodial History

From the library at Killadoon, Co. Kildare, of the late H.J.B. Clements