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Friday, 19 August 2011


On the banks of the River Garavogue (from the Gaellic An Gharbhóg meaning “rough river”) in Sligo town is a plaque commemorating Ambrosio O’Higgins, formerly of this parish and then later a Spanish colonial governer in Chili, and his illegitimate son Bernado O’Higgins, Chilean lndependence leader (so-called Libertador de Chile).  The father and son took opposite sides of the colonial struggle over South America and (according to WIkipedia) never met in person.

Posted by bigblue on 19/08/2011 at 08:11 AM
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I’d heard of Bernardo before, but never Ambrosio, though he was no doubt more well-known in his life time. Just shows what strange tricks history plays.

Posted by SteveH  on  21/08/2011  at  04:32 AM

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