Monthly Archives: June 2013

Historical Miscellany #20 – Escape from Edgeworthstown [1798]

Maria Edgeworth was a leading literary voice in Ireland at the turn of the nineteenth century and an acknowledged influence for Jane Austen. Maria was the daughter of the philosopher and polymath Richard Lovell Edgeworth. She wrote this letter during the Irish Rebellion of 1798, telling of a dramatic escape from their Edgeworthstown home. Maria […]

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Historical Miscellany #19 – A Most Barbarous and Inhumane Murder

For this week’s historical miscellany I’ve picked a newspaper extract from my own book, which has just come out in paperback. It’s the anniversary of George Parker’s murder  on Monday and I thought that this colourful journalistic account of his death was a way of marking the passing of another Midsummer Day. This also gives […]

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Historical Miscellany #18 – Curious Statistical Accounts [1814]

The following is taken from the sprightly christened Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post, although the statistics most likely surfaced elsewhere as there was a great deal of syndication in British newspapers in the early the nineteenth century. Those of you with keen eyes will notice how the piece begins with weighty matters and then settles on […]

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Historical Miscellany #17 – Johnson and Boswell sail to Rasaay (1773)

I visited the west coast of Scotland this week for the first time. And on Sunday morning with the sun cracking through the clouds I made the trip from Mallaig to the beautiful island of Skye. More than two centuries before Dr Johnson and James Boswell made a similar tour. Here’s Boswell’s account of a […]

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