Doyle

This name, deriving from old Irish and meaning 'Dark Stranger' is given to a Danish Viking family in the two books of Edward Rutherfurd's Irish saga. The fictional Doyles - not untypical of many other families of that name - are a merchant family of Dublin and Bristol who prosper modestly in the Middle Ages, and become rich Dublin property owners in the eighteenth century Ascendancy. At the time of the Famine, Douglas Doyle is an economist with a clever daughter.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
For perhaps 600 years, the patron saint of England - not Britain - has been Saint George. Before St George, there were several candidates for the position, including the last king of the ancient Saxon royal house, St Edward the Confessor, son of the disastrous King Ethelred the Unready. But St Edward was a monkish fellow, always praying, and never popular. Whereas St George, by repute, had slain a dragon on top of a well-known beauty spot in southern England. The fact that he was most likely an obscure third-century Roman, who had never been to the British Isles in his life, and is unlikely to have met a dragon, could be forgotten. He was heroic, he had a fine silver shield with a bold red cross on it, like a crusader. And the Londoners liked him and made him their own. When this author was a Wolf Cub and a Boy Scout in his childhood, he always had to march in the big St George’s Day parade, on the twenty-third day of this month !




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