Eneclann uncovers new research on Bram Stoker’s family tree
“I myself am of an old family…” Count Dracula is one of the most terrifying figures in popular culture. He first appeared in 1897, as the title character in Bram Stoker’s book. Since then the name ‘Dracula’ has become shorthand for all vampires.Our research has proven links between the writer’s family, the oldest living Irish manuscript in existence and one of the greatest treasures held in the National Museum of Ireland.Intriguingly, Bram Stoker himself knew of these family connections, and was probably influenced by them when he wrote his best known novel.Read more about our exciting research
In practice it contains a lot of pre-Famine local detail that is incredibly useful in providing context for family history investigations. In the case of Leitrim, a very grim picture has been painted as to the suffering of its inhabitants. The Agricultural Labourer Part I continues with this theme in the post-Famine period, looking at the social conditions in parts of Leitrim, as well as other Irish counties.
If you’re interested in landed gentry, The Crofton Memoirs describes the genealogy of the Crofton and related families in Connaught, including Leitrim. It is also a good account of Tudor period landholding and governance in Ireland.