Charles Byrne, the Irish Giant (1761-1783)

Charles Byrne, the Irish Giant (1761-1783)

It’s not often that a funeral director buys everyone a drink, but this undertaker had his reasons. As the grateful and mostly Irish mourners supped upon free ale in an Essex pub that hot summer’s afternoon in 1783, the undertaker slipped out the back door. He made his...

St. Columba (521-592) – the Making of a Missionary

ST. COLUMBA (521-592) – THE MAKING OF A MISSIONARY Even as he ran, Columba knew he was too late. From the entrance to the abbey, he saw the glinting daggers plunge into the young prince’s heart and throat. The boy died quickly, his blood seeping into the green...

Stronge of Tynan Abbey, Co. Armagh

Stronge of Tynan Abbey, Co. Armagh Foreward “An Act for the Attainder of Divers Rebels, and for Preserving the Interest of Loyal Subjects. WHEREAS a most horrid invasion was made by your Majesty’s unnatural enemy the Prince of Orange, invited thereunto and assisted by...
The McClintock Family in Scotland

The McClintock Family in Scotland

The McClintocks were a Scottish family who settled in north west Donegal (Trintaugh) during the early 17th century and spread east into Counties Derry (Dunmore), Tyrone (Seskinore) and Louth (Drumcar, Red Hall, Newtown). In 1798, John McClintock married Jane Bunbury...
Thomas Bunbury (1606-1668) – Oxford Links

Thomas Bunbury (1606-1668) – Oxford Links

The Bunburys of Lisnavagh descend from Thomas Bunbury, son of Sir Henry Bunbury (1565-1634) of Stanney Hall, Cheshire. This page looks at his links to the Birkenhead family and Balliol College, Oxford, as well as Cromwellian links to Carlow town and the gruesome fate...