Mrs. Alfred Gatty

Life
1809-1873 [nom de plume of “Aunt Judy”]; b. Burnham, Essex; dg. of Rev. Alexander Scott, chaplain to Lord Nelson; m. Rev. Alfred Gatty, D.D. (vicar of Ecclesfield near Sheffield, and subdean of York cathedral), 1839; with her husband, wrote life of her father, 1842; issued The Fairy Godmother and other Tales (1851); also Parables from Nature, Vol. I-V ((1855-71); issued Aunt Judy’s Tales (1858) and Aunt Judy’s Letters (1862) followed by Aunt Judys Magazine (May 1866; also issued The Old Folks from Home, or a Holiday in Ireland in 1861 (1862), set in Dublin, Limerick, Shannon, Kerry, Aran and Cork, with a particular interest in natural history and folklore; British Sea Weeds (1862); Waifs and Strays of Natural History (1871); A Book of Emblems and The Book of Sun Dials (1872); also edited an autobiography, The Travels and Adventures of Dr Wolff the Missionary (1861). d. Ecclesfield vicarage, 4 Oct.

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Works
The Old Folks from Home, or A Holiday in Ireland in 1861
(London:Bell 1862) [2nd edn.], 256pp., with ads. dated Feb. 1863 (32pp.). Contents incl. Irish good humour and politeness; his Rivirence; Irish Funeral; Trinity college; Brian Boroimhe’s harp; Irish historians a little romantic; down the Shannon; Kilrush pier; Kilke; Irish Beauty; Father Tom Maguire; Irish indolence and unweeded gardens; Isles of Aran; Killarney; Kenmare; O’Donoghue’s library; emigrant girl; state of religion in Ireland; letters from viator on Paddy’s characteristics; Oliver Goldsmith; Milesian kings and learning; Irish saints; Irish fairy tales. The narrative parts are interspersed with ‘From the Parson’s Diary’

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Reference
Emerald Isle Books (Cat. 1995) lists The Old Folks from Home, or A Holiday in Ireland in 1861 (London:Bell 1862) [2nd edn.], 256pp. [125]

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