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Following the English defeat of the last great Gaelic Irish Lords, O'Neill and O'Donnell, and their subsequent flight to the Continent in 1607, huge tracts of land were left in Ulster. Anxious to restore stability, King James I decided to plant the North of Ireland with English and Scots settlers. Among those approached were the solid citizens of London who in 1613 were granted by Royal Charter the County of Londonderry. In this talk City Guide Maureen O’Donnell considers some of the historical steps along the way to the most ambitious colonial project in Ireland since the Norman Conquest.
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Guildhall Library is a public reference library which specialises in the history of London. The Library’s printed books collection comprises over 200,000 titles dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries and includes books, pamphlets, periodicals, trade directories and poll books.
Guildhall Library runs an active and engaging programme of events, ranging from afternoon talks on aspects of London History, guided walks of the Square Mile and book launches to monthly evening wine receptions with current authors. The topic for each evening event is designed to be different from the last so that a range of interests can be explored from historical fact to historical fiction, with classical and real-life stories thrown in.
You are welcome to visit Guildhall Library and no appointment or membership is necessary.