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SunnysideA Sociolinguistic History of British House Names$
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Laura Wright

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266557

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266557.001.0001

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Religion, Fame and Sunnyside

Religion, Fame and Sunnyside

(p.93) 4 Religion, Fame and Sunnyside

Laura Wright

British Academy

This chapter tracks the earliest Nonconformist Sunnyside to Quakers in 1706 in Crawshawbooth, Lancashire, and then follows as Quakers spread the name Sunnyside around the country from North to South. Quakers took the name to North America, where it is still in use as a church name. Different Nonconformist sects are described, and Sir John Betjeman’s fictitious depiction of Sandemanians and Swedenborgians is presented. The novelist Washington Irving’s highly-influential Sunnyside at Tarrytown in the state of New York is investigated, and it is posited that he named it after the farm named Sunnyside, Melrose, TD6 9BE, in the Scottish Borders, which has been so-named since at least the 1590s. Irving would have seen this farm as a young man when visiting Sir Walter Scott at his nearby house Abbotsford. An excursus discusses Sir James Murray’s Sunnysides, and his annoyance with Sir Walter Scott.

Keywords:   nonconformism, Quakers, Sir John Betjeman, Sir Walter Scott, Washington Irving, Sir James Murray

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