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If Walls Could Talk

by Claire Potter

A Whiskey Heiress at Dungarthill House

Irene and Hugh Dewhusrt bought Dungarthill from the Cox family in 1947. The purchase inaugurated a new period of peace for the young couple and their family after the tumult of World War II. Hugh had served in the army, while Irene had taken her two young children to live with their grandparents in Wales. Buying Dungarthill was also a

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Lundy Foot: A Tobacco-Made Man

Orlagh House Lundy Foot: A Tobacco-Made Man Lundy Foot opened a tobacco shop with a brightly painted “Virginia Planter” sign in a rented storefront on the corner of Blind Quay in Dublin in 1758. He had something for everyone: Bristol

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Tragedy at Mapperton House​

Tragedy at Mapperton House Robert Morgan had a gnawing suspicion that John Morgan, his eldest son and the rightful heir to Mapperton Manor, would not do right by his mother and many siblings. Fending off his own son’s capricious temper

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Taking Refuge at Orlagh House

Eoin MacNeill: Taking Refuge at Orlagh House Eoin MacNeill was a scholar and a rebel who ignited a national fascination with Ireland’s past. He championed the Irish language, and as historian Francis John Byrne put it, “dragged Celtic Ireland practically

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The Matriarch of Cluny Castle

The Matriarch of Cluny Castle (1282-1323) Mary Bruce was supposed to be safe at Kildrommey, her brother’s only fortress. Her brother was the rebel king of the Scots who had seized the throne and dared to challenge England for his

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The Spirits of Dunskey Castle​

The Spirits of Dunskey Castle The sun of the Scottish Enlightenment broke slowly in the 18th century. While leading intellectuals in Edinburgh denounced religion and superstition alike, belief in witches, demons, and a devil who walked among us died slowly

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Thomas Bellingham and the Protestant Ascendancy​

Thomas Bellingham and the Protestant elite gained power in Ireland during the rule of Cromwell in the late 1600s by displacing Catholic landowners. In 1649, Irish Catholics rose up and murdered the Protestant landowners sparking violence. Thomas Bellingham’s father was rewarded with an estate in County Louth, during Cromwell’s Conquest of Ireland, where they constructed Bellingham Castle. When William and

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Debutantes Arrive: Rubens at the Palace

Ostrich Feathers, Diamonds, and White: Debutantes Arrive at Buckingham Palace The Rubens at the Palace overlooks Buckingham Palace Road, where in centuries past, shivering debutantes in short-sleeved white dresses once sat for hours in carriages waiting for their presentation at

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Fenton Tower, a Castle Built for Anarchy

Fenton Tower, a Castle Built for Anarchy Patrick Whitelaw and his wife, Margaret Hamilton, built Fenton Tower to defend themselves from the anarchic violence of the Borders. For nearly four centuries, men called “reivers” dominated the swathe of the ungovernable

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An Irish Dynasty at Dunskey Castle

An Irish Dynasty at Dunskey Castle Robert Fitzgerald landed on the shores of Scotland without family, friends, or money. He was the banished son of a powerful, Norman family in Ireland, but he broke the sacred laws of chivalric hierarchy

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