#OTD in Irish History – 5 December:

1640 – John Atherton, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, was executed on a charge of immorality. Atherton was accused of buggery (homosexuality) with a man, John Childe, his steward and tithe proctor. They were tried under a law that Atherton himself had helped to institute. They were both condemned to death, and Atherton was executed […]

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Today in Irish History – 5 December:

1640 – John Atherton, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, was executed on a charge of immorality. Atherton was accused of buggery (homosexuality) with a man, John Childe, his steward and tithe proctor. They were tried under a law that Atherton himself had helped to institute. They were both condemned to death, and Atherton was executed […]

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Today in Irish History – 5 December:

1640 – John Atherton, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, is executed on a charge of immorality. 1700 – Birth of Anthony Malone, prominent politician and prime serjeant at time of money bill dispute from1753 to 1756. 1841 – Birth of Marcus Daly (in Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan). He was an Irish-born American businessman known as one […]

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