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Who Do I Think I Am…Part One (Paternal Side)

Most people will be familiar with the BBC Show “Who Do You Think You Are?” . In each series, famous people are guided along researching their family tree. It throws up surprises. BBC journalist is a direct descendent of William … Continue reading

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The Royal Mile (Edinburgh Re-Visited)

Thirty seven years ago, I spent a lot of time in Scotland. Over the course of eighteen months, I was in Edinburgh on  seven occasions. Sometimes I was there for two weeks. Sometimes I was there for three days. It … Continue reading

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Clan Cameron

History is a funny thing. I have been an active student for more than fifty years. Thru the standard text books, the TV Dramatisation of “Culloden”, (which led me to read the book by John Prebble) adventure stories like Robert … Continue reading

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Feile: West Belfast Festival…The Wild Geese

One of the most interesting (for me) discussions during An Feile will be a lecture on The Wild Geese….the Irish regiments who fought in European armies before and after the Treaty of Limerick 1692. There was along established tradition of … Continue reading

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From Jacobite To Jacobin

I am of course interested in Jacobite History. I am interested in Church History. I am interested in Military History. It all comes nicely together in the period 1688-1793 and the Wild Geese Period. Certainly adventure tales like “Kidnapped” (Robert … Continue reading

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1745…The Mini Series

I sometimes get the impression that I am living my life back to front. Things that I am doing in my twilight years should really have been done years ago. Later this week, I will be making some radio appearances … Continue reading

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From The Crazy World Of Modern Jacobites

Heres an interesting piece of news from the world of “modern” (dont snigger) Jacobitism. One of the most interesting Catholic Churches in London is “Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory” which is in Warwick Street near Piccadilly Circus. … Continue reading

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The King Over The Watter (sic)

Modern Jacobites……are a fairly risible bunch of tweedy individuals. It has been my misfortune to meet a few. Indeed they are madder than people who shove starving ferrets down their trousers. But the man whom they style “King Francis II” … Continue reading

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Thomas D’Arcy McGee

I was in Carlingford, County Louth this week. Its a regular haunt for my family. And the birthplace of Thomas D’Arcy McGee.  Before this monument was unveiled (in 1991 by Taoiseach Charles Haughey and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney) I … Continue reading

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Culloden 16th April 1746

On 16th April 1746, the Jacobite Rebellion ended in the Battle of Culloden and the subsequent massacre of Highland men women and children by Hanoverian forces under the command of Duke of Cumberland. No British regiment has Culloden on its … Continue reading

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