1955.28 | Harp

1830-1880, 19th century
91 x 51 cm
Purchase by Webster Museum Foundation
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

While prospering in New Brunswick, William Parks retained a strong attachment to his Irish heritage. In 1843-1844, he led the disaffected Irish faction out of the Scottish-dominated St. Andrew's Church to form St. John's Presbyterian Church. Thereafter he was instrumental in obtaining Irish pastors for the new congregation.

This carving of an Irish harp may have been used on a ship in which the Parks family had an interest.

Source : Out of Ireland [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)

  • What

    This harp is carved from a single piece of pine.

  • Where

    Harps are one of the national symbols of Ireland.

  • When

    From about 1100 A.D., Ireland developed a distinctive type of harp characterized by, among other things, a heavy harmonic curve or neck.

  • Who

    William Parks, a prominent Saint John businessman, held an interest in numerous New- Brunswick-built ships.