John Swinton, edited by Jeremy Black
A hitherto unknown travel journal provides useful information on the impression made by Portugal upon an academic British visitor in 1730. The account is of particular value as few British travellers visited Portugal in this period and fewer still left records. When in 1728 the second Duke of Richmond informed him that he intended to visit Iberia, James O'Hara, Lord Tyrawly, the British Envoy Extraordinary at Lisbon from 1728 to 1741, replied, "Point for point, I think Spain and Portugal excite one's curiosity more than any other countries, as being the least known, and quite out of the Old John Trott beaten, pack horse road of all travellers, and will make you as famous to latest Posterity, as Dampier, Sir John Mandeville, Hackluyt, or Fernand Mendez Pinto".
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