July 2015: Lady Louisa Kerr’s album

To welcome the Tall Ships Races to Belfast, PRONI has chosen a volume with a maritime theme for its July Document of the Month.

sketch of the Antrim coast in the mid-nineteenth century

The album of sketches, plans and handwritten observations captures the beauty and allure of Glenarm Castle and the Antrim coast in the mid-nineteenth century. The volume was compiled by Lady Louisa Kerr, daughter of Charlotte Kerr, Countess of Antrim, and Vice-Admiral Lord Mark Kerr. Some of the finer sketches within the album were drawn by Lord Kerr himself.

The album focuses on Glenarm castle and demesne, one of the seats of the Earls of Antrim since the seventeenth century. It also contains views and sketches of the surrounding county and coastline where, as Lady Louisa puts it, “[the] scenery is grand and picturesque”.

The album can be viewed in PRONI’s Reading Room under the catalogue reference number D3560/1

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