Andy loves books, but while he does have some in the house, pretty much all of his books went the way of rubbish heap when he separated from his wife, and that's the one thing I could punch his ex-wife for. >.< So up until we moved in he had just enough shelving for them. And then came my boxes of doom.
So over the weekend Andy made three big bookcases (well, five big shelves each with a little space on top to put outsize books lying down). And he actually entertained the foolish hope that that will be enough. HA. While I managed by 'double-rowing' the top shelves with small books and by putting books flat on top of the ones standing up to fit in pretty much everything I had in the house (thankfully I got two small bookcases for the bedroom, so there was some space there. :) ), there are still four boxes of books in the storage Andy has been using for them and some books at Andy's mother's house.
Andy has promised me two more bookcases. XD The Napoleonic Wars and Era took up one entire bookcase. Wellington has his own shelf, and some of the books didn't fit so I had to put them lying down on top of others. This was the first time in my life when upon taking out yet another Wellington biography I said "Oh for fuck's sake'. XDD
And there was also cleaning and stuff involved. I hurt now. x___x
When you are researching a historical person for your own interest where do you start? With his or her birth or do you go farther than this? I decided that I wanted to at least get a vague idea of who Wellington's ancestors were, specifically his parents and
In all the Wellington's biographies that I have, the only person who gives any sort of detailed information on Wellington's family heritage is Elizabeth Longford. According to her research the family of Wellesleys originally came from Somerset.1 She also describes the research of William Lynch, who made a strong argument that the reason for Wellesley family's appearance in Ireland was the fact that a certain Wellesley became a Standard Bearer for Henry II and as such was required to join him on his invasion of Ireland.
By late 14th century the Wellesley family in Ireland was well-established and gaining in lands and fortune. Unfortunately, Garret Wellesley (circa 1665 – 28 September 1728) could not produce an heir, so he had to choose one and his choice fell on his cousin Richard Colley, the younger son of Garret's maternal uncle.
Richard Colley (variously spelt as Cowley, Cowly or Cooley) was to become Arthur Wellesley's (1st Duke of Wellington) grandfather. Born around 1690, son of Henry Colley and Mary Ussher, he attended Trinity College, Dublin University between 1706-1714 where gained first a BA in 1711 and then an MA in 1714. In 1728, upon the death of Garret Wellesley, he had his name legally changed to Wellesley (Wesley at the time) and inherited all his cousin's lands and fortune, including Dangan Castle in County Meath. Between 1729 to 1746, Richard was an MP for Trim and on 9 July 1746 he was created 1st Baron of Mornington (Jane Wellesley writes that, perhaps, the choice of this title was due to the manor of Mornington, an acquisition by a 15th century Richard Wellesley).
Mary Delany nee Grenville, describes Richard Wellesley thus: 'my hero'... 'so much goodness, friendliness and cheerfulness joined” and “he has no ostentation, no taste merely for grandeur and magnificence. He improves his estate and all the country round him as much as if he had a son to enjoy it (which there is no probability of having).” Despite Mrs Delany's fears, a son did arrive, and she became his godmother.
Richard Wellesley had three children: two daughters, Elizabeth and Frances, and, finally, a son, Garret (the Duke of Wellington's father). To Garret, Richard Wellesley passed on not only his estates and fortune (much depleted by Richard's attempts at improving his estates) but also his love of music. Richard played the violin and was acquainted with Matthew Dubourg (Master of the Dublin Castle Band since 1728), and through him and his post as a governor of Mercer's Hospital, Richard met and was host to George Handel, who gave a first performance of Messiah in Dublin on 13 April 1742. Jane Wellesley in her book states that “it is said when Handel left Ireland in August 1742, he presented Richard Wesley with one of his organs he brought with him from England.”
1. Interestingly enough, Wellesley and Wellington were two nearby villages in Somerset, and both the family name Wellesley and the title Wellington seem to derive from these place names.
Main Characters or Pairing: Sharpe/Wellington, Hogan and a surprise guest, who some of you may recognise and who is terribly OOC, I'm sure. ((
Rating/Type: PG, maybe PG-13
Summary: A Christmas Ball in Lisbon
Disclaimer: Sharpe, Hogan and other characters don't belong to me, I'm just playing with them.
A/N: Written for aninfamousarmy Christmas challenge, is therefore schmoopy and way too romantic.
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Ohoho, that was an awesome day! After attending to certain matters, I met up with a friend for coffee, then as he left for work, I met up with another friend and we scouted the new mall that opened in Aberdeen over the weekend. :D They have Paperchase and Nando's! :D As we were leaving to go to the beach to watch the fireworks we met another mutual friend and so went there altogether. And then we decided on the spur of the moment to go to my favourite French restaurant, where we had amazing wine and snails and duck and absolutely gorgeous tarte tatin. *sighs, is content and warm and happy*
Oh, and I actually remembered I have written a Sharpe/Welly fic recently. It is somewhat cracky, but I had fun. :3
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Last night, after an awesome day out with sharpiefan and latin_cat , I stayed up late reading "The Man Wellington Through The Eyes Of Those Who Knew Him."
First of all, let me say "OH. MY. GOD". The author (Muriel Wellesley) didn't fangirl him. Oh, no, I believe she worshipped him.
Let me give you an example, actually several examples, cause I am just cruel like that.
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Secondly, despite the "interesting" style, the book does quote numerous first-hand sources, sometimes in rather delicious big chunks, which is always cool. There are lots of good ones, but I will give you two: one, I think, is rather widely quoted, but still makes me go Aaaw, and the other makes me squee over Alava. :D
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Phew. *crawls away*