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Charles Jennens (1700/0101–1773) by Thomas Hudson, 1747 private collection


Jennens, Charles (1700/01–1773), patron of the arts and librettist, was born probably at Gopsall Hall, Leicestershire, the son of Charles Jennens (bap. 1662, d. 1747), gentleman and JP, son of the Birmingham ironmaster Humphrey Jennens, and his second wife, Elizabeth Burdett (1667–1707/8)...


Ní Chearbhaill, Mairgréag [Margaret O'Carroll] (d. 1451), celebrated hostess, was the daughter of Tadhg Ó Cearbhaill (d. 1407), chief of Éile, and married An Calbhach Ó Conchobhair Failghe (d. 1458), chief of Uíbh Fhailghe. In 1433, a year of general shortage, she gave two great feasts which earned her the nickname ...