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Rob Carson

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Posted - 23/05/2020 :  11:40:39  Show Profile Send Rob Carson a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What did the people of Ireland think of George Howard , the Lord Morpeth? Well, remarkably, they thought very highly of the Chief Secretary for Ireland imposed on them. Able and kindhearted he was a Whig Reformer and believed, too a degree in Catholic emancipation and in the cause of unification. This attracted virulent attacks from the home country's press which was probably even more scabrous then than it is now. He was caricatured as an innocent an ingenue being manipulated by the Fagan-like O'Connell. Maybe some thought he had gone native. When George Howard lost his parliamentary seat in Yorkshire his tenure in Ireland, after some five years, was at an end. Then something quite remarkable happened. 650 sheets of paper were dispatched throughout Ireland. 160,000 plus people wrote their names, occupations and then signed their names on the sheets of paper which were returned to be glued together making the Morpeth Testimonial Roll 420-meters long. If fully unrolled it would have stretched the length of a football park then that length again, and again, and yet a little more. His branch of the Howard family lived at Castle Howard in West Yorkshire. Much of the library and other treasures had been moved from Naworth Castle, the family's historic home. How many people in this quiet little Cumbria town knew who the man was who had been standing watch there for so long. The Morpeth Roll was wound onto a gigantic bobbin bound with two pink ribbons and placed in a handsome wooded chest. On being presented with the extraordinary parting gift by the people of Ireland, George Howard, the VII Earl of Carlisle, remarked that it would be the finest gift he would have bequeathed to his family...and that in a palatial pile crammed with treasures. And, then. the chest with the testimonial roll lay forgotten in a dark recess deep in the bowels of the castle, unremarked and gathering dust for a hundred and seventy years... To be Concluded.
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