Today in Irish History – 5 December:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

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 in Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

1700 – Birth of lawyer and politician, Anthony Malone in Co Westmeath. In 1740 he was appointed prime serjeant-at-law, but was dismissed from office in 1754 for opposing the claim of the crown to dispose of unappropriated revenue. In 1757 he was made chancellor of the exchequer, but his attitude in council in regard to the Money Bill of 1761 led to his again being removed from office.

1720 – One of the most successful pirates was a feisty red-head, called Anne Bonny. Her father moved to the Charleston, SC to…

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