Archive for April 10th, 2013

April 10, 2013

The Teares of Ireland (Part 2)

Careful now, some of this is restricted viewing, showing some properly nasty torture, though I’m enlarging the panes not for sensationalism, but to point out the women’s clothes of some of the poor people badly treated in the stories.

The first pane isn’t too clear, but shows Lady Blany and her children left to suffer by being” lodged in straw” (oh the horror!) after her husband had got away riding bareback. Not too much detail to see here, but she and her children are wearing kerchiefs around their necks and one daughter has a coif on her head. The hanged man is still in his boots and slashed doublet.

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The second picture shows Arthur Robinson’s 14 year old daughter having her tongue removed. She’s wearing a smart two or three-layered linen kerchief and a tight wasted bodice. Poor girl. Luckily for Arthur, though I suspect not for his daughter, he was away in Dublin at the time.


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Third image shows a poor woman being hanged presumably for being a friend of the Minister. She’s been hanged in her petticoat and apron. As the text says “Was there ever such Barbarisme among the Heathen?”


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