Ecclesiological notes on the Isle of Man, Ross, Sutherland, and the Orkneys ; or, a summer pilgrimage to S. Maughold and S. Magnus.
London, Joseph Masters 1848.
Small 8vo. vi + (2) + 118pp, a few diagrams in text, also 36pp publisher’s adverts. Publisher’s cloth. Formerly in the library of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, with their nineteenth armorial bookplate and ownership inscription, but a good, clean copy.
A rare little book resulting from a visit by Neale to the Isle of Man, the north of Scotland and the Orkneys in the summer of 1848. Although he begins it with the very politically incorrect assertion that his book is intended as “a very humble offering to the descriptive ecclesiology of England” (sic !), he was evidently much struck by the ecclesiology and history of Man and Orkney ; his seem to be the first published remarks ever on the architecture of the churches of Man, and he provides a particularly careful analysis of the architecture of St.Magnus’s Cathedral, Kirkwall.