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 Judy’s 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 passages ‘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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