This diary extract is regarding a Sunday afternoon:- "Went down to Kingstown, full of Sunday people swelling about in their best raiment. Insulted Wolesley grievously by passing him by without speaking ... ... Saw Persse and Wolesley bathe in the sea; what a great bullet hole in him, got in Burmah. A lion to fight he [...]
This extract from the diary is on his early progress in the 90th Light Infantry:- "I am now quite a Military gent, swagger and all. Hate the Cavalry (Plungers) ... ... Moustache coming on nicely, black as jet (shall look very HANDSOME I expect)."
This extract taken from the Diary is describing some of his fellow officers. "Persse; Commonly called the Poor Fool, a good natured simpleton, like him much." "Danberry; A perfect simpleton but good natured very. A great companion of mine." On describing himself:- "Self, reader, what you like. Sensible I am very bad, foolish, but I [...]
This diary extract was on learning Army discipline. "I soon got tired of my Military life and wished myself somewhere else. I used to bother the lives out of the Drill-Sergeants, what with trailing my musket after me along the ground out of spite towards it. How I hated it." "One had to run from [...]
This diary extract was on his first wearing of his Army uniform at St Patrick's Ball in Dublin. "I was so puffed up, I strutted about and shook Colonel Lindsay by the hand ... I was soon obliged to leave as my boots pinched me so much I could not walk about".
We have been enjoying transcribing a number of diaries, letter books, accounts and a large variety of other historical items here in the Castle and one of our guides has had a delightful time reading through and transcribing the diaries of Josslyn F. Pennington from January 1853 to August 1854. Josslyn Pennington became the 5th Lord Muncaster on [...]
We have during August hosted a number of Textile Volunteers from as far afield as Somerset and London who spent their time conserving and caring for the amazing textile collection we have here at Muncaster Castle. Under the guidance of Jacqui Hyman and Phillipa Turnbull the ladies worked incredibly hard working on a variety of projects. A [...]
We are once again thrilled to welcome to Muncaster Castle, Phillipa Turnbull (who together with her daughter Laura, run the Crewel Work Company), Jacqui Hyman (expert in Textile Conservation) and their amazing group of volunteers who are due to visit us again from Sunday 14th - Thursday 18th August 2016. This dedicated group of volunteers [...]
A three part article about Muncaster Castle that appeared in Country Life Magazine on the 8th June, 15th June and 22nd June 1940. Home to Sir John Ramsden at the time, the articles describe the reconstruction work undertaken at Muncaster Castle by the architect, Anthony Salvin in the 1860's. The article shows three plans of [...]
Recently we have been cataloguing many of the objects in the Castle. Although we recognise many of the artefacts we find and understand their uses, we have uncovered a number of items that we are uncertain of what they are and what their uses were. We are putting a few of these items on display [...]