Marsh’s Library

Marsh’s Library
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.

The library was founded in 1707 by Provost of Trinity College, Archbishop Narcissus Marsh (1638–1713).

The Archbishop had a niece by the name of Grace. He had raised her himself and looked upon her as if she were his own daughter. When she was nineteen, she fell in love with a sea captain, much to the chagrin of her concerned uncle who expressed his disapproval. But Grace’s mind was made up and she ran away with her lover.

Before she departed, she wrote a note explaining what she had done and asking her uncle’s forgiveness. Some versions of the story suggest that Grace was concerned that her uncle would find the note before she had a chance to distance herself, and concealed it in one of the library’s many books to buy her time. Another version suggests that Marsh found the note and was too heartbroken to read it, so hid it in one of the many volumes and then forgot where he had placed it. He died before the note was discovered.

The forlorn ghost of an old man has been spotted in the library on many occasions, rummaging through books in search of that note.


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