Captain Hanson Gregory – The Inventor of the Doughnut

Captain Hanson Gregory – The Inventor of the Doughnut

  Rockport, Maine, Tuesday 2 November 1847 As the ship tossed upon the turbulent sea, Captain Hanson Gregory had to make a snap decision. If he didn’t put both of his hands on the ship’s steering wheel very soon, there was every chance the ship would keel over....
Sir George Gore (1811-1878) – Buffalo Slayer

Sir George Gore (1811-1878) – Buffalo Slayer

St. George Gore, the most extravagant buffalo hunter in history, was also a major Donegal landowner and one of the lousiest types of absentee landlord. In a single hunting trip to North America, he killed 2,000 prairie buffalo, 1,600 deer and elk, as well as thousands...
Kilkea Castle 7 – Twilight (1822-1895)

Kilkea Castle 7 – Twilight (1822-1895)

In the 1830s, the 3rd Duke of Leinster began a lengthy restoration of his family’s ancient castle at Kilkea in County Kildare, giving it the shape that it has today. For the rest of the century, Kilkea would be home to the Marquess of Kildare. This era, which...
The Irish in Chicago

The Irish in Chicago

By 1890, Chicago had the third highest population of Irish emigrants in the USA. The city's Irish-American heroes include Butch O'Hare, Captain Francis O'Neill, Richard Daley, Mother Jones and the men who built the I&M Canal. Complete access to all articles on this...
Benjamin Benson – A Bermudan Evangelical in Ireland

Benjamin Benson – A Bermudan Evangelical in Ireland

The lesser known Irish connections to a former black slave who wrote 'A Narrative of the Life of Benjamin Benson, Emancipated by the English Government, August 1, 1838, and Subsequently Sold as a Slave in the United States of America,' published in 1847. Complete...