14Williams, W. H. A. Tourism, Landscape, and the Irish Character: British Travel Writers in Pre-famine Ireland. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, 2008. 33.
The author asserts that the goal of "...meditation on the transience of human endeavor" would in time "...threaten to become by the end of the eighteenth century, a romantic emotional indulgence."
Stuart Piggott adds, ""It became fashionable for the country gentleman to make tours on horse back -- even perhaps to such remote and barbarous parts as North Wales -- and not infrequently diaries of these tours were written and published." (Piggott, Stuart. "Prehistory and the Romantic Movement." Antiquity XI (1937): 32-33.)