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...
SIR JOHN CONROY (1786-1854) – CHILDHOOD NEMESIS OF QUEEN VICTORIA Queen Victoria was the illegitimate daughter of an Irishman. At least that is the sensational claim of A.N. Wilson, one of the most respected historians to specialize in the Victorian Age. Wilson...
Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), the son of George II, was in disgrace after he led his army to inglorious defeat at the battle of Fontenoy. And then, like a football manager whose luck changes, he destroyed the Scots at Culloden. His brutal...
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