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If Walls Could Talk

by Claire Potter

The Origins of the Stanley Cup

The Origins of the Stanley Cup Lord Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, of Knowsley Hall donated the Stanley Cup and established the ice hockey championships while he was governor general of Canada. He came from a family famous for

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Admiral Alexander-Sinclair: A Hero of the Baltic

Admiral Alexander-Sinclair: A Hero of the Baltic Admiral Edwyn Alexander-Sinclair inherited the House of the Northern Gate from his uncle, Mr. Thomson-Sinclair. With its majestic views of the ocean and extensive coastline interspersed with inlets, bays, and sandy beaches, the

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The Irish Hellfire Club, Orlagh House neighbour

In the 18th century, amidst the Enlightenment, the Irish Hell-Fire Club stood as a symbol of hedonism and rebellion against societal norms. These aristocratic libertines, known as rakes, indulged in debauchery and scorned conventional morality, embodying the pursuit of pleasure without restraint. Their nightly escapades, shielded by the era’s darkness, were notorious, merging political power with scandalous behavior. The club’s

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The Jute Barons of Dungarthill House

Explore the rich history of Dundee’s jute industry and the Cox family’s pivotal role from the 1840s. Discover Dungarthill House, built for Albert Edward Cox, and delve into the Cox Brothers’ innovative approach to jute manufacturing at Camperdown Works. Learn about the societal impact, including the rise of “Women’s Town,” labor struggles, and the transformation of Dundee’s economy. This comprehensive

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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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Traces of a Roman Past at Gilmerton House

Traces of a Roman Past at Gilmerton House When Ian Kinloch tapped his metal detector over a field just south-east of Gilmerton House, he discovered an unexpected trove of artifacts from Scotland’s ancient entanglements with the Roman empire. He uncovered

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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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