Tag Archives: 17th century

Arrr here.

Just ‘dropped’.

The Alliance of Pirates (available at link below).

Cork University Press writes:

A pioneering study of piracy in Ireland during the early seventeenth century. breaks new ground in its willingness to use archaeological evidence…

The Alliance Of Pirates (Cork University Press)

New non-fiction to broadsheet@broadssheet.ie


Six young Irish women.

Convicted of witchcraft and assorted sorcery in the 17th century.

A wicked miscarriage of justice.

Or was it?

In what is believed to have been the last witch trials in the British Isles, the women were convicted in a Carrickfergus court over 300 years ago and spent a year in prison, as well as being put in the public stocks.

Renowned Irish novelist Martina Devlin has penned a new book on the subject, and she also requested that Larne Borough Council erect a small memorial to the women.

….But TUV Alderman Jack McKee has decried the proposal as “anti-God” and said he could not support it.

According to minutes of a council meeting in January, Ald McKee said he “could not tell whether or not the women had been rightly or wrongly convicted as he didn’t have the facts and was not going to support devil worship”.

*lights pitchfork phones Legal Coffee Drinker*

Council row over Islandmagee ‘devil worship’ plaque (LarneTimes)

The Islandmagee Witches


A handbill ‘ad’ for coffee from the 1650s, currently housed in the British Museum, produced by London’s first coffee shop at St. Michael’s Alley, Cornhill.

It is a simple innocent thing, composed into a drink, by being dryed in an Oven, and ground to Powder, and boiled up with Spring water, and about half a pint of it to be drunk, fasting an hour before and not Eating an hour after, and to be taken as hot as possibly can be endured; the which will never fetch the skin off the mouth, or raise any Blisters, by reason of that Heat.

The which bloody will, you know.