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Thomas Harriot – The True Discoverer of the Potato

Sir Walter Raleigh will forever to be associated with the potato. It may even be true that he grew the first potatoes in Ireland at his home Myrtle Grove, Youghal. However, the first Englishman to discover potatoes was Thomas Harriot, a remarkable scientist who...

Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890)

SIR RICHARD BURTON (1821-1890) EXPLORER EXTRAORDINAIRE Sir Richard Francis Burton was one of the most eccentric and brilliant explorers the world has known. During the 19th century, this intrepid scion of Co. Galway discovered Lake Tanganyika, translated the ‘Kama...

Vigors of old Leighlin, Erindale & Holloden

VIGORS OF OLD LEIGHLIN, ERINDALE & HOLLODEN Spectemur Agendo – Let Us Be Judged By Our Actions The Vigors family of County Carlow originated in Holloden near Bridgerule on the border between Cornwall and north Devon. Educated at Oxford, the Rev. Louis Vigors was...
The Yelvertons, Viscounts Avonmore

The Yelvertons, Viscounts Avonmore

Originating in Norfolk, the Yelvertons rose through the ranks in England to become, at various times, Baron Grey de Ruthyn, Earl of Kent and Earl of Sussex. Another branch moved to Ireland where Viscount Avonmore was a leading legal eagle in the Georgian Age. This...

The Dacres Dixon Family: 1630 – 2013

THE DACRES DIXON FAMILY: 1630 – 2013 (with sub-chapters on the Earls of Listowel, the Earls of Yarborough & the Bevans) Henley as painted by Jan Sieberech circa 1690 (Tate Gallery, London) Contents 1. Introduction: The Ballyhooly Circle 2. Convamore 3. The Earls...