Monday, 17 March 2014
Since March 17th is St. Patrick's Day around the world (according to Wikipedia), I thought it appropriate to investigate Tom's Irish connections, especially because he is referred to by Jane as "my Irish friend". I, therefore, quote from the "Memoir of Chief Justice Lefroy", Chapter 1:
Colonel Lefroy sold out of the army in 1791, and having previously purchased landed property in the County Limerick, he resolved not to return to England, and settled in Limerick, where he resided till his death in 1819.
So Tom was indeed "Irish" in that he was born in Ireland, however, his paternal ancestry is from European origin (Cambray, and Netherlands are mentioned). His maternal ancestry is Irish. So in reality, his 'blood' is half Irish.
Over here in the U.S. we have a St. Patrick's Day custom thusly: if you see your friends NOT wearing something green, you must give them a pinch. It is fun to catch them unawares. So, does anyone else have such customs?
I salute our Irish Friend "Tom Lefroy" on this coming St. Patrick's Day, March 17.
Linda the Librarian