Irish history and reasons to be servile by Antaine de Brún


The title of Duke of Sussex was conferred upon Prince Frederick the sixth son of King George III on 24 November 1801. Prince Augustus Frederick married Lady Augusta Murray in 1793 and secondly Lady Cecilia Gore on 2 May 1831. Both marriages were in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act 1772 thus the couple’s children were illegitimate. Not being the Prince’s legitimate wife, Lady Cecilia could not be received at court. Since Augustus Frederick had no legitimate issue, his titles became extinct on his death in 1843.

In 2018, the title was recreated and granted to Harry Windsor. He was granted the subsidiary titles Earl of Dumbarton in Scotland and Baron Kilkeel in the north of Ireland.

Tomás Mac Síomóin (Biologist) in The Broke Harp discusses the psychology of colonization and uses the term Super-Colonized Irish Syndrome. He uses fully referenced studies which suggest that victims of traumatic experiences, such as An Gorta Mór, can produce fearful memories which are passed on to future generations.

Some of the studies draw attention to the manner in which centuries of English colonialism in Ireland relied on mechanisms of control, physical coercion, sexual exploitation, economic exploitation, political exclusion and control of culture.

The writer poses questions for individuals who have not experienced hangings, slaughter, decapitations, rapes, evictions in the context of contemporary submissive responses to British royals. There is also the imitation of what is thought to be ‘cultivated speech’.

Patrick Kavanagh, expresses similar sentiments in Lough Derg.

“…’And who are you?’ said the poet speaking to/the old Leitrim man,/He said, ‘I can tell you/What I am. Servant girls bred my servility;/When I stoop/It is my mother’s mother’s mother’s mother/Each one in turn being called in to spread -/“Wider with your legs,” the master of the house said./Domestic servants taken back and front./That’s why I’m servile. It is not the poverty/Of soil in Leitrim that makes me raise my hat/To fools with fifty pounds in a paper bank./Domestic servants as it is, as I/Show the cowardice of the man whose mothers were whored/By five generations of capitalist and lord.’”

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