Swift

Jonathan Swift, Dean of St Patricks, was a much-loved figure in eighteenth century Ireland, and a friend of Doctor Sheridan, grandfather of the famous playwright. Both men are depicted in the 'Ascendancy' chapter of Rutherfurd's second Irish book, where there is also some surprising information about Swift's use of Irish words in GULLIVER'S TRAVELS.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
The first leap year in the modern sense was in 1752 in Britain, with the adoption of the Gregorian calendar by Britain and her colonies. This was not the first time leap years had been used; the Julian calendar used before 1752 had a simpler system of leap years, and The Islamic calendar Al-Hijra also has an extra day added to the 12th month Zul Hijja on leap years.




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