George IV’s Royal Visit to Ireland, 1821

George IV’s Royal Visit to Ireland, 1821

‘Harris, I am not well, fetch me a brandy.’ Such was George IV’s inauspicious reaction to seeing his future Queen for the first time. For her part, Princess Caroline reckoned that George was ‘very fat and nothing like as handsome as his portrait’. At the time of their...

Peg Plunkett (Mrs. Leeson) (C. 1740-1797)

PEG PLUNKETT (MRS. LEESON) (C. 1740-1797) VICE-QUEEN OF GEORGIAN DUBLIN Christmas 1794 was a distinctly uncomfortable time for a large number of the well-to-do men who frequented Georgian Dublin. The word was out that Mrs. Leeson, long regarded as the city’s foremost...
Lola Montez and the King of Bavaria

Lola Montez and the King of Bavaria

Lola Montez was one of the most famous dancers in Europe in the 1840s. Her love affair with the King of Bavaria brought him crashing down before she embarked upon a new life running a literary and social salon in California. This tale follows the rise and fall of this...

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...