MacGowan

The Irish occupational name of MacGowan meaning 'Son of Smith' is fairly common. In both the two books of Edward Rutherfurd's Irish saga, the fictional family of MacGowan derive from Goibniu, a wise and cunning goldsmith of preceltic descent, and thereafter they are nearly always present in the tale as craftsmen, merchants, advisors and sometimes revolutionaries.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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