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Travels of Sir William Brereton in Ireland, 1635

Author: William Brereton

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Edward Hawkins

Electronic file compiled by Beatrix Färber , Janet Crawford

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The President's Strategic Fund via the Writers of Ireland II Project.

2. Second draft.

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The electronic text was first edited by Edward Hawkins and published for the Chetham Society, vol. 1 (Manchester 1844). It was reprinted in the Illustrations of Irish History by C. Litton Falkiner, from which it is taken. Footnotes are included and tagged note; those by Hawkins are marked with the resp="EH" (attribute within the XML encoding). Non-standard spellings of names of people and places are regularised using the reg attribute within the tags. Encoding is subject to revision.


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Created: By William Brereton (1635)

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Language: [EN] Introduction and main text are in English. The editor has modernized Brereton's language.
Language: [GA] A few words are in Irish.
Language: [LA] A few words are in Latin.

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