From Rake to Radical: An Irish Abolitionist



From Westport to the West Indies, and everywhere in between, Howe Peter Browne, 2nd Marquess of Sligo, 1788–1845 (an 8th great grandson in descent from Grace O’Malley, Ireland’s ‘Pirate Queen’) lived life to the absolute limits.

Privileged, compassionate, charismatic and flawed, intrepid traveller, intimate of kings, emperors and despots, father of fourteen children, the range and diversity of Sligo’s life is truly breathtaking.

From a youth of hedonistic self-indulgence in Regency England Sligo matured into a reforming, enlightened legislator and landlord in Ireland. On his appointment in 1834 as Governor General of Jamaica he took the side of the black population against their masters becoming enshrined in the history of Jamaica as ‘Champion of the Slaves’ and where the first free slave village in the world, Sligoville, still bears his name. On his recall he became actively involved in the emancipation struggle in Britain.

Sourced from over 15,000 primary contemporary manuscripts and letters FROM RAKE TO RADICAL: An Irish Abolitionist, the life and times of Howe Peter Browne, 2nd Marquess of Sligo from Westport House, 1788-1845 (book cover designed by his great-great-great grand-daughter, artist Sheelyn Browne) introduces one of the 19th century’s most interesting characters and also sheds new light on significant historical events and on the people who shaped them in Ireland, England, Europe and the West Indies during a period of momentous political turbulence and change.

‘A vivid and picturesque study ’ The Irish Times

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Grace O'Malley: The Biography of Ireland's Pirate Queen, 1530-1603 is the sole published biographical account of Grace O’Malley, sourced from original manuscript material, both in public and in private domain. For the latter, the author, Anne Chambers, had sole and exclusive access. Much of this material was located and decyphered in its original form (i.e.16th century manuscripts) by the author and is exclusive to her book. Furthermore, the presentation, opinions and analyses in the book are exclusive to the author. The author reserves all her rights in this book. No part of her book may be reproduced or utilised in any form or media, written or oral, or by means digital, electronic or mechanical, including photographic, film, video recording, photocopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system. Permission from the author and publisher must first be obtained to reproduce any part of or quotations from the book. Any transgression in this regard will be addressed. For more information, comments or enquiries please contact: Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Copyright © 2022.


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