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?
Hard to believe, but this month of April is the 50th anniversary of the 'official' break-up of the Beatles. This author was a very timid young student at Cambridge then. But the far more worldly and talented guy who had the room across the corridor from me had a lovely girlfriend who worked for John Lennon; and one day they scooped me up and took me to Lennon's house at Ascot. The white house with the white piano. Lennon himself wasn't there, but all the same . . . Fifty years later, that day is still so vivid




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