WINDELE, J. Historical and Descriptive Notices of Cork.


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Cork: Messrs. Bolster, 70 Patrick Street; John Cumming, Dublin; Longman and Company, London; Sold also, by all Booksellers in the United Kingdom, 1843. Second edition. pp. viii, 412. Publisher’s green cloth, printed label on upper cover. Signature of Francis H. Tuckey on half-title. Some minor staining. A good copy. Very scarce.

John Windele (1801-1865) antiquarian, who was particularly interested in early Irish literature and
Ogham inscriptions. He was born in Cork in 1801. From early in life he was interested in antiquities.
He became a contributor to Bolster’s Quarterly Magazine, an antiquarian journal published in Cork,
and so became acquainted with a number of Irish archaeologists and literary men, including Abraham
Abell, William Willes, Matthew Horgan and Francis Sylvester Mahony. With these colleagues Windele
made many excursions, examining and sketching ruins and natural curiosities.
Windele also devoted much time to the study of early Irish literature, and he made a large collection of
manuscripts. He died at his home, Blair’s Hill, Cork, on 28 August 1865. He left a collection of
manuscripts extending to 130 volumes, which were purchased by the Royal Irish Academy in 1865.
They included copies of many early Irish manuscripts. Selections from a manuscript journal of his
archaeological expeditions which was found among them were published in the Journal of the Cork
Historical and Archæological Society between May 1897 and March 1898.
Tuckey was the author of The County and City of Cork Remembrancer; or, Annals of the County and
City of Cork, Published in Cork in 1837.



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