Yesterday, the archives received a most exciting donation: 4 travel diaries written by Dr. Thomas Stewart Traill of Tirlot in 1814. These surprisingly intact, leather bound and marbled volumes cover Traill’s travels through France, Spain, Belgium, Austria and Africa towards the end of the Napoleonic wars.
The diaries are clear and legible and will make very interesting reading. In them, Traill discusses and draws little sketches of all the places that he visited, remarking on the weather, architecture and geology. One book contains a floor plan of the Alhambra which Traill visited.