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Dampier’s Face

Dampier’s Face

William Dampier is one of my all time heroes. He was from a small country town – East Coker in Somerset, possibly an orphan who became one of the greatest explorers and mapmakers of all time. His charts were used by Captain Cook on his voyages of discovery that led to so much of Britain’s … Continue reading

Dogs, Fools and Female Scolds

Care of the poor, sick and feeble has long been the realm of the Christian church. This has continued longer in Scotland and especially Ireland, than the rest of the UK Across Ireland can be found references to hospitals – such as Hospital, Spital and Spiddel. Each hospital had its own territory, so was called … Continue reading

Ireland’s Greatest Invention

Ireland’s Greatest Invention

No, this is not a bad joke. Or even a good joke, but quite an amazing discovery I have just made. It is to do with Latin script. If you have ever seen the writing on an old Roman monument you may have noticed that it is a string of letters. They did not have … Continue reading