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?
In 1890, nine-year-old Daisy Ashford wrote a novel and never showed it to the world. It was only after her mother’s death some twenty-eight years later, when she was sorting through old papers with her sisters, that she found the manuscript in a drawer. After the manuscript found its way to publishers, the book – The Young Visiters – came out in 1919, (yes, that is how the title was spelled) to great acclaim. After the book went into several editions, Daisy bought a farm with her earnings, commenting, “I like fresh air and royalty cheques”.




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