Robert Cocking`s claim to fame …..

  Robert Cocking was the developer of an early (subsequently unsuccessful) parachute design and as a result became the first person to be killed in a parachuting accident. He was a professional watercolour artist with a keen interest in science. He had seen Andre-Jacques Garnerin make the first parachute jump …

Elegant Basil……

  Rugby international Basil Maclear was capped eleven times for Ireland between 1905 and 1907. He was known as a snappy dresser and a man about town. It seemed that his sartorial elegance followed him onto the rugby pitch. He used to play with a pair of expensive white calfskin …

Poor Effie…..

  In 1848  the art critic John Ruskin, he of The Seven Lamps of Architecture – married Euphemia ”Effie” Gray a beautiful 19-year-old. The marriage was never consummated, and after six increasingly unhappy years, Effie fell in love with her husband’s protégé, Millais and set about having the marriage annulled. Ruskin`s reason for …

The Six foot high club…..

  East Thistle Street in Edinburgh was the site of perhaps one of the most peculiar clubs ever to open its doors in Scotland; namely the Six foot high club. Opening in 1826, membership was only granted to people who were six foot or over. Admittance rules were strict. Each …