Walsh

This Irish name is actually an English language formulation meaning Welshman. In the two books of Edward Rutherfurd's Irish saga, which discusses the origin of the name, the fictional Walshes come from Wales at the time of Strongbow in the twelfth century, but are actually knights of Flemish ancestry. Associated with an actual family, the Walshes of Carrickmines, this fictional family usually manages, by a series of compromises, to maintain their position in society, and even their Catholic faith, under the English Ascendancy. But sometimes this fails, with tragic consequences.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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