Shadow from the past

October 14, 2018 - The Chairman

I was at the Royal Military Academy last week and saw once again the statue of The Prince Imperial.  I was with several other people and I was asked why are there  Napoleonic Eagles at Sandhurst?  It is a sad but fascinating story.  Louis Napoleon was the only son of Napoleon III and when in […]

La Garde Recule!

October 5, 2018 - The Chairman

Had a fascinating day with Andrew Field last Saturday at the Regular Commissions Board establishment in Westbury. The five hour study day was entirely focussed on the Imperial Guard and how it was deployed and fought at Waterloo. The subject is not as simple as some believe. What is certain is that nothing can be […]

Napoleonic coffin relic for sale

September 28, 2018 - The Chairman

This remarkable object has come up for sale and although beyond our pockets is an interesting item. A relic of the exhumation and return of Napoleon I’s mortal remains from St. Helena to France in 1840. It comprises a piece of mahogany from the outer coffin in which the Emperor was interred in 1821, applied with a […]

Brooke – A family of soldiers

September 24, 2018 - The Chairman

On a recent visit to Northern Ireland we found ourselves in County Fermanagh and in particular Colebrooke Park where stands Aghalurcher Parish Church. Within were two interesting memorials. One is to the memory of Francis Brooke, aged 22, of the 1st Dragoon Guards who was killed in the charge at Waterloo.   Another plaque in the […]

Wellington’s Irish family home

September 13, 2018 - The Chairman

During my recent visit to the Emerald Isle I visited the ruins of Dangan Castle, which was the home of Wellington as a boy and young man. In the early fifteenth century Dangan passed by marriage to Sir Richard de Wellesley, who had been sheriff of Kildare.  The Wellesleys became Protestants after 1640 and increased […]

Extraordinary private Napoleonic collection revealed

September 10, 2018 - The Chairman

A unique collection of Napoleonic items is going on show in Paris this week.  Just 20 items including this beautiful glass are to be displayed at a special exhibition at the 3oth edition of the La Biennale Paris.  Its where spectacular items of all sorts of art are purchased. It is “the storehouse of European […]

Five objects from I object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent

September 7, 2018 - Richard Moss

Ian Hislop has been on a mission to find stories of dissent, subversion and satire hidden within the vast collections of the British Museum for a new exhibition I object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent. Showcasing over 100 objects that challenge the official version of events and defy established narratives, the items span three millennia […]

Picton’s home goes under the hammer

August 29, 2018 - The Chairman

I read in today’s Country Life that Lieutenant Sir Thomas Picton’s old home in Carmarthenshire is about to go under the hammer. Iscoed Mansion was bought by Picton in 1804 but sadly now it is something of a ruin.  It remained in the Picton family until 1919. Whilst much of the estate has been sold […]

Ireland’s Wellington Monument

August 29, 2018 - The Chairman

A number of the Waterloo Association visited Ireland in August to see the many sites of the 1798 Rebellion which few people have heard of.  It so nearly toppled the British Empire and yet little is known. More about this later as the subject fits well into the Age of Revolution. But let us start […]

Early Peterloo medal acquired by People’s History Museum

August 11, 2018 - Richard Moss

A number of commemorative medals were produced following the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, but this one, recently acquired by the People’s History Museum in Manchester, is believed to be one of the earliest. Its closeness to the terrible events of the notorious massacre of August 16 of 1819 when 18 people in a crowd of […]