General View, Bruckless, Co. Donegal

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Where: Darney Heights, Darney, Bruckless, Co. Donegal, Ireland

When: Unknown

This is the second time in recent weeks that Bruckless has been mentioned on this stream! This fine Royal sized plate taken by Mr. French shows the remote rural area of the time in fine detail. The other passenger on the jaunting car does not look in the least pleased at having to wait until the photographer has finished :-)

As today's contributors have pointed-out, the "other passenger" is a presumed member of the Lawrence/French entourage. We nicknamed him Jaunty in a previous discussion, and though not especially jaunty or animated here, his presence suggests a date in the late 1880s. (As at least some other images captured during the same "trip" were dated to c.1887). The other main topic of discussion today was on the two larger buildings visible - with beachcomberaustralia and Niall McAuley identifying them as Bruckless Hall, tannery and Bruckless House. (Though the latter remains, the more central functional-looking building has since been demolished and replaced....)


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Likely late 1880s (as per others in "Jaunty" series)

NLI Ref: L_ROY_01505

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    mcginley2012

    • 20/Mar/2017 08:47:28

    Grumpy Jaunty!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Mar/2017 08:50:09

    Linkback to the recent discussion: Inver, Co. Donegal - Introducing Jaunty?

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 20/Mar/2017 09:44:46

    Brickless[ed.!] Bruckless House in 1896 from further right or east - [https:[email protected]/2711098018/]

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    O Mac

    • 20/Mar/2017 09:52:31

    It was more of a Wild Atlantic Way then than it is now. \/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 20/Mar/2017 09:54:03

    Interesting history of Bruckless House; it was a tannery at the centre of the photo - www.bruckless.com/about2.html NIAH for the house - www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&... and tannery - www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&..., which shows the cottage on the right hand end was rebuilt into two cottages without an outside staircase. Probably after the 25"map - maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,575016,876469,11,9

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    O Mac

    • 20/Mar/2017 10:14:39

    I see one half of the road has recently been remetalled.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Mar/2017 10:45:03

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] I think the NIAH record you reference is for outbuildings in the courtyard North of Bruckless House. The 25" labels the tannery building as Bruckless Hall, so I think it was gone by then. From our earlier discussion, this shot is likely 1887, but possibly 1881.

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 20/Mar/2017 10:59:31

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Aha! That makes better sense ... thank you.

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 20/Mar/2017 12:29:22

    Oh no! ... EVICTION KLAXON ! The Cassidy family owned Bruckless House at the time (see history link above), and in May 1884 "Mr. Cassidy, J.P., Bruckless, the agent over the McGlade estate" was involved in a series of evictions near Glencolumbkill. Read All About It - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/110067113?searchTerm=b...

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    Inverarra

    • 20/Mar/2017 14:29:47

    A great photo from that era of the traditional sidecar. Might have been "take three" by the look of the two men.

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    guliolopez

    • 20/Mar/2017 16:17:58

    Funny to be "back" in Bruckless so soon. Though I'm glad it's with Jaunty this time - rather than on a (misplaced) visit for a Garda funeral. I do not know much about this part of the country (other than what I learned - and then promptly forgot) from our last visit. I had wondered why nobody had offered the StreetView. And then I found it myself and realised why - it's a shot of bushes. One has to head further down the road to avoid the folliage, and even catch the most fleeting glimpse of the pier remnants and rocky island. The view does seemingly confirm that central building is now gone - replaced by a smaller more "standard" looking home....

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    Bernard Healy

    • 20/Mar/2017 17:14:39

    What kind of exposure time would we be talking about for a photo like this? If you zoom in on the pier, you see that the boat is being propelled in the manner of a punt & the man propelling it is totally blurred by his motion. I'm not sure if the artefact to the right of the man on the boat is a fault in the photo, another man punting or the same man caught by a long exposure.

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    philfluther

    • 20/Mar/2017 18:31:03

    The Blue Stack, mountains. En plein air; or, away from home. Wonder, of the photographer's party, bit part characters.

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 20/Mar/2017 21:35:16

    Interesting YouTube slideshow about the 1813 Bruckless Bay Tragedy, using many of Mr French / Lawrence's photos - youtu.be/uCjnB6roRXY . Question - Why would you build a foul stinking tannery so close to your lovely house and pollute the whole area?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Mar/2017 00:08:38

    An interesting question [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] - economic neccesity perhaps. Though maybe someone with local knowledge will enlighten us :) In the meantime, I've updated the map, tags, description, etc. Thanks all!

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 21/Mar/2017 02:10:49

    another shot that would be great in colour.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Mar/2017 06:48:30

    [https:[email protected]] Aha, now I understand how yiz were reading a date off a poster! We are looking at different churches! The church at Bruckless is clearly 1887, as you say, but Jaunty & Co are not in that one! I was looking at a pic up the road in Killaghtee, a shot which includes the sidecar, which would date it with today's shot. But the good news is that although the poster in Killaghtee is illegible, it is possible to make out that it is the same poster as at Bruckless: AUCTION and 10 ACRES OF MEADOW and Mr. Morrows name are all there. Spamount (where the meadow is) is between Killaghtee church and Bruckless, in Killaghtee townland. So we have the 1887 date at Bruckless, plus the same poster at Killaghtee with the sidecar. It is all connected!

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    La Belle Province

    • 21/Mar/2017 16:58:45

    Ah, the jaunting car, inspirer of frowns.