Sketches of a Tour in Wales

Name of traveller

Mark Luke Louis (1786-18??)

Reason for travel

  • immigrant from France after Napoleonic wars

Date of travel

undated, circa 1830s


  • customs:
    • eisteddfodau
    • notes on Welsh superstitions
  • education: literacy in Wales comparatively high
  • history:
    • Wales as long resistant to invasion and place of refuge from Saxon invaders
    • Welsh history as history of colonisation
  • language:
    • preservation of Welsh language compared to fates of other invaded nations
    • general rise of English everywhere
  • people: references to Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) and Thomas Pennant (1726-1798)
  • terrain: notes urbanisation of towns in north Wales, especially Rhyl
  • compare with earlier and later accounts of tours through north Wales

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Type of publication

travel guide; travelogue


Louis, M[ark] L[uke]. Sketches of a Tour in Wales. Liverpool: John Tompkins, 1839. Print.