Category Archives: Author

Life Before Death and the Final Status Update

Many aspects of life have been touched by technology and changed irrevocably, and it seems reasonable that this should also hold for aspects of death. If the life of Sake Deen Mahomed (for example) had coincided with the advent social … Continue reading

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Martha Gunn and the Kings Evil

Martha Gunn was the most celebrated bather of Brighton, and remains one of the most celebrated occupants of the ancient ground.  The bathing business and Madam Gunn’s particular position as ‘Queen of the Dippers’ is well covered elsewhere (here, here … Continue reading

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A Life Too Full To Fit – Sake Dean Mahomet

Sake Dene Mahomet is remembered by a monment in the enclosed area at the rear of the church. He was the first Indian to write and publish a book in English, opened the first indian restaurant in London and invented … Continue reading

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James Justinian Morier and the Adventures of Hajji Baba

James Justinian Morier published The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan  in 1824 and followed in 1828 with The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan in England . Satirical novels, they explored contemporary Persian society through he eyes and adventures … Continue reading

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Sir Matthew Tierney: ‘The Bloody Baron of Brighthelmstone’

MATTHEW  TIERNEY, was the eldest son of John Tierney, a  farmer and weaver from Ballyscandland, co. Limerick. The family was not wealthy and   Tierney’s  education comprised what he could pick up at the local Hedge School.  Tierney was apprenticed to … Continue reading

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Sir Richard Phillips and the skull of Cardinal Wolsey

Born 1767 in Leicester; the son of a Farmer, or perhaps in London; the son of a Brewer, Richard Phillips, despite having been imprisoned for distributing copies of Thomas Paines, ‘Rights of Man’   became Sherriff of London in 1807 … Continue reading

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‘The Log of a Jack Tar’; James Choyce 1777 – 1836

“This tale of my adventures, and of my many hardships when a prisoner to the Spaniards in South America, and likewise how I was marched from one end of France to another chained like a wild beast, and treated worse … Continue reading

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Martin Archer Shee (1789 – 1850)

“ A skilful portrait painter, perfect gentleman and atrocious poet” Sir Nicholas Grimshaw PRA 2009 Poet, playwright, novelist and artist, Archer Shee was appointed President of  the Royal Academy in 1830. Of those remembered at the Rest Garden, the importance … Continue reading

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