Obituary: Erskine Childers
Saturday 31 August 1996
Their papers in four enormous cabin trunks were deposited in Trinity College Dublin, where they are accessible to any scholar. More, he wanted to pay tribute to his great grandmother, Mrs Hamilton Osgood, always known as "Nonna", with her mammoth anthology of the world's religions, The City Without Walls, and to his great aunt, Gretchen Warren, whose main work was on the function of the spiral in plant and animal life. To these vignettes he added a portrait of Glendalough House, in County Wicklow, "Pole star of all of us," the landscapes surrounding which ancient valley have been compared to a painting by Turner, with its vastness of space, and quality and colour of the air. It will be a tragedy if Erskine Childers's efforts as a writer, as well as an activist, are not realised and his picture of such an interesting family in Irish and English history should fail to appear in print.
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