"Beyond Lundy Foot's from the shaded door of Kavanagh's winerooms John Wyse Nolan smiled with unseen coldness towards the lord lieutenantgeneral and general governor of Ireland. The Right Honourable William Humble, earl of Dudley, G.C.V.O., passed Micky Anderson's all times ticking watches and Henry and James's wax smartsuited freshcheeked models, the gentleman Henry, dernier cri James." (U10.1211)
"Over against Dame gate Tom Rochford and Nosey Flynn watched the approach of the cavalcade. Tom Rochford, seeing the eyes of lady Dudley on him," (U10.1216)
"took his thumbs quickly out of the pockets of his claret waistcoat and doffed his cap to her." (U10.1219)
"A charming soubrette, great Marie Kendall, with dauby cheeks and lifted skirt, smiled daubily from her poster upon William Humble, earl of Dudley, and upon lieutenantcolonel H.G. Hesseltine and also upon the honourable Gerald Ward A.D.C." (U10.1220)
Another charming soubrette, from a U.S. cigarette trophy card.
A soubrette is variously defined as
* a minor female role as a pert lady's maid in a comedy
* more generally, an actress who plays the young and saucy roles
* a category of soprano voice or role characterized by a flirtatious or streetwise manner.
"From the window of the D.B.C. Buck Mulligan gaily, and Haines gravely, gazed down on the viceregal equipage over the shoulders of eager guests," (U10.1223)
"whose mass of forms darkened the chessboard whereon John Howard Parnell looked intently. In Fownes's street Dilly Dedalus, straining her sight upward from Chardenal's first French primer, saw sunshades spanned and wheelspokes spinning in the glare. John Henry Menton, filling the doorway of Commercial Buildings, stared from winebig oyster eyes, holding a fat gold hunter watch not looked at in his fat left hand not feeling it." (U10.1225)
"Where the foreleg of King Billy's horse pawed the air Mrs Breen plucked her hastening husband back from under the hoofs of the outriders." (U10.1231)
William III of England (1650 - 1702), whose statue on a horse stands in College Green, is known in Ireland, mainly among Unionists, as King Billy. A Dutch aristocrat and a Protestant Prince of Orange, he won the English, Scottish and Irish Crowns after defeating his uncle and father-in-law, the Catholic king James II. In Ireland, the decisive battles between the Williamites and the Jacobites were the battle of the Boyne (1690) and the Battle of Aughrim in Co. Galway (1691). The latter battle was the bloodiest ever fought on Irish soil (over 7,000 people were killed) and practically ended Jacobitism in Ireland.
This is a closer view of King Billy's statue, with the foreleg of his horse pawing the air. It was commissioned by the Dublin Corporation in 1700, and was the work of Dutch sculptor Grinling Gibbons. The king is in Roman armour and crowned with a laurel wreath. The pedestal is formed into pannels, and decorated with military emblems. On the pedestal is inscribed: 'Gulielmo Tertio, Magnae Brittanniae, Franciae, Et Hiberniae Regi, Ob Religionem Conservatum, Restitutas Leges, Libertatam Assestam, Cives Dubliniensis Hanc Statuam Possuere.' The monument was unveiled, amidst great pomp and ceremony, on the 11th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne (July 1st 1701), inaugurating the period of Protestant ascendancy known as the Penal Laws. It was to serve as a shrine to the cult of King William throughout the 18c. Besides the anniversay in July, there was a yearly celebration on the King's birthday (November 4th), in which the Mayor and Sheriffs of the City of Dublin participated; the Lord Lieutenant would lead a parade of nobility and military from Dublin Castle to College Green to salute King Billy; Williamite associations such as the Boyne Society (and later the Orange) marched through Dublin streets, sporting colours, banners and arms; the evening saw bonfires, illuminations and elaborate fireworks.
The statue of William III on College Green is intensely resented (and often defaced) by Irish nationalists. Here an Irishman is provoking a highland laddie to play 'The Boyne Water' (an Ulster Protestant folksong commemorating the Battle of the Boyne), in order to start a fight! Also, not all Irish Protestants like King William III. A Trinity student was expelled, soon after the statue was unveiled, for drinking a toast to Sorrel, the horse that threw William to his death. In 1710, King Billy was daubed with mud and his sceptre stolen. After a £200 reward was offered (£100 each by Dublin Castle and the Dublin Corporation), 3 Trinity students (Graffone, Vinicome and Harvey) were caught; they were sentenced to 6 months jail, a £100 fine, and to stand before the statue with a placard stating their offence. Though the sentence was commuted, they were expelled from Trinity as well. Four years later, a sentinel was posted in a futile effort to prevent further ongoing vandalism. A major assault on King Billy took place in 1882, soon after the unveiling of O'Connell's statue. Hundreds of people gathered around it yelling and throwing stones, riots ensued, and several arrests were made. The statue was targeted no less than six times until it was sent to the forge and recycled in 1946.
"She shouted in his ear the tidings. Understanding, he shifted his tomes to his left breast and saluted the second carriage." (U10.1233)
"The honourable Gerald Ward A. D. C., agreeably surprised, made haste to reply." (U10.1235)
This PC shows the viceregal cavalcade (1906) near the statue of King Billy, with the newly appointed viceroy Lord Aberdeen, who succeded Lord Dudley. Lord Dudley later became Governor-General of Australia (1908 - 1911).
"At Ponsonby's corner a jaded white flagon H. halted and four tallhatted white flagons halted behind him, E.L.Y'S, while outriders pranced past and carriages. Opposite Pigott's music warerooms Mr Denis J Maginni, professor of dancing &c, gaily apparelled, gravely walked, outpassed by a viceroy and unobserved." (U10.1236)
"By the provost's wall came jauntily Blazes Boylan, stepping in tan shoes and socks with skyblue clocks to the refrain of My girl's a Yorkshire girl." (U10.1240)
"Blazes Boylan presented to the leaders' skyblue frontlets and high action a skyblue tie, a widebrimmed straw hat at a rakish angle and a suit of indigo serge. His hands in his jacket pockets forgot to salute but he offered to the three ladies the bold admiration of his eyes and the red flower between his lips." (U10.1242)
"As they drove along Nassau street His Excellency drew the attention of his bowing consort to the programme of music which was being discoursed in College park." (U16.1246)