Blasphemers & Blackguards: The Irish Hellfire Clubs by David Ryan PDF

By David Ryan

ISBN-10: 1908928034

ISBN-13: 9781908928030

Prostitutes, pimps, cutpurses, murderers, and bawdy houses...What have been the hellfire golf equipment of 18th-century eire? have been they honestly elite teams who engaged in obscene orgies, satan worship, and the ritual homicide of servants? those questions have intrigued nearly each person who has visited the intended hellfire membership assembly position within the Dublin Mountains, or heard the lurid tales which are linked to it. slicing via this veil of fantasy and legend, Blasphemers & Blackguards: The Irish Hellfire golf equipment finds the reality approximately those mysterious societies. The ebook uncovers notable new information regarding the outrageous actions of those golf equipment - provocative blasphemy, taboo sexual actions, atrocities (most shockingly, the ritualistic homicide of a servant), and the golf equipment' behavior of toasting the satan. *** "...this is a well-researched ebook that demanding situations some of the well known misconceptions approximately Irish hellfire golf equipment. Ryan has no longer been content material to easily reproduce the mythologies of this tradition for a common viewers, yet has delved deep into the files to supply a readable and convincing account on an issue of putting up with renowned curiosity. - H-Net experiences within the Humanities & Social Sciences, September 2013 *** "Ryan gives you the truth of early eighteenth-century Dublin, a urban that was once 'more a relic of the medieval period than a harbinger of modernity: chaotically deliberate, socially risky and poorly policed.' Readers will see a few similarities among the hellfire golf equipment and a few of latest filthy rich, organized-crime syndicates. (However, present day legal cartels have fiscal objectives, while the hellfire golf equipment' pursuits have been cruelty and mayhem for the joys of it all.) - The Celtic Connection, March 2014˜

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The Dublin Hellfire Club • 25 the officers of the Order, &c. 26 When not engaged in Masonic activities, Lord Rosse pursued an extravagant social life. The income from his extensive estates in Leinster was not inconsiderable, and in 1731 he came into even greater wealth on the death of his grandmother, the dowager Countess of Tyrconnell. 27 Even allowing for exaggeration, the inheritance must have been massive and its recipient did not hesitate to squander it, spending extensively in taverns and gambling at the groom-porter’s gaming tables in Dublin Castle.

In 1696 he married 2. Although the union was childless, St George did father at least one illegitimate child. In 1695 he was elected MP for the borough of Galway and from 1715 he represented his family borough of Carrick, County Leitrim. These spells in Parliament did not interfere unduly with his military career as he achieved a series of promotions. 52 Yet he was not the only old soldier in the group. The figure seated in the centre, attired in black, is probably Colonel Henry Ponsonby, whose familial background and career closely mirrored St George’s.

85 The atmosphere inside the coffee house, which was situated directly across the street from the Eagle, in Cork House, could be equally dangerous. Caustically referred to in a satirical poem as ‘that fam’d place, where slender wights resort . . ’88 However, it is not known if members of the Hellfire Club were involved in any of the affairs of honour that took place in Lucas’s or elsewhere. 89 Indeed, Santry was known more for his aggressive conduct off the duelling field, and the casual violence he perpetrated proved fatal on more than one occasion.

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