The Marital Misadventures of a Master of the Rotunda, 1890

On Saturday in the Exchequer Division, the application for an attachment sought by a Mr Lynch (plaintiff in an action for criminal conversation, in which Dr Macan, of Merrion Square, and late of the Rotunda Hospital, is defendant) against the editors of the Medical Press and the Evening Mail, came on for hearing.

Mr O’Shaughnessy, QC, on behalf of Mr Lynch, read out the following article complained of:

Dr Macan, late Master of the Rotunda Hospital and President of the British Gynaecological read more

Former British Intelligence Officer and Would-Be Barrister Drowns at North Wall, 1921

The scene of Mr Morrison’s death, via Dublin Port

From the Belfast Telegraph, 11 August 1921:


We regret to announce the death of Mr Frederick W Morrison, a native of Belfast, which took place under sad circumstances through drowning in Dublin. The deceased was a fine specimen of manhood, six feet high, and as clever as he was brave. In his eighteenth year, Mr Morrison was appointed to a commission from the service of the Bank of Ireland read more

Barrister’s Vacation Ends in Litigation, 1885

The charming Cotswolds town of Tetbury, Gloucestershire, the scene of the ill-fated vacation the subject of this post, via Selling Antiques.

Adapted from the Irish Times, 25 and 26 March 1885:

The Reverend Henry Peter Higginson brought a motion for final judgment to recover £27 10s from Thomas Hewson BL, who is a member of the Irish Bar, claiming that he had asked Mr Hewson on a visit to Tetbury during the Long Vacation to provide him with legal assistance, that Mr Hewson had given him no services, and that he had paid all Mr Hewson’s expenses – railway fare, car hire, hotel bills and theatre tickets – while in read more

The Square Hall Scandal, 1947

From the Evening Herald, 9 August 1947:


In the interior of the famous building on Inns Quay there is a corridor leading to the law library. The Library is strictly reserved for the gentlemen of the law, but in the corridor their clients are graciously permitted to hold converse with the wearers of wig and gown.   Even when they are not attired in working costume, it is always easy to distinguish the barristers by the nonchalant grace with which read more