Will Paisley bid for Edward Carson’s old clothes?

Will Ian Paisley bid for his hero Edward Carson’s court uniforms now coming up for auction? Edward Carson famously defended the Marquis of Queensbury against (h/t Hurdy Gurdy man below for the correction) Oscar Wilde’s libel action in a London court. The court uniforms will come under the hammer in Whyte’s Auction in Dublin on November 14. Ian Paisley has already got a sizeable volume of Carson memorabilia.

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  • hurdy gurdy man

    [i]Edward Carson famously prosecuted Oscar Wilde [/i]

    Surely he defended the Marquess of Queensbury against a prosecution brought by Oscar Wilde?

  • Dave

    He won’t be bidding on Lot No 8, anyway.

  • Eamonn Mallie

    Corrected. Thanks.

  • Framer

    Surely the Ulster Museum should put in a bid?

  • Lot 8 is fairly uncontroversial, Dave. More problematic would be Lot 5:

    Pope Paul IV (1476-1559) – A Very Rare Manuscript: Appointment of a Cardinal, signed by The Pope and 28 Cardinals, 1557 (manuscript on vellum with lead seal)

    But he might be very interested in Lot 14:

    King William at the Battle of the Boyne

    Oil on canvas, and a snip at only €2000-3000.

  • Panic, These Ones Likes It Up Them.

    Well he certainly is not short of a few bob what with the various positions he has held plus the lucrative pensions they give themselves.
    Would it be impolite to mention the gargantuan expenses that the poor(sic)unfortunates have awarded themselves.
    They might be value at half the price or maybe just the old half nothing.

  • Reader

    Eamonn Mallie: Edward Carson famously defended the Marquis of Queensbury against (h/t Hurdy Gurdy man below for the correction) Oscar Wilde’s libel action in a London court.
    The actual story isn’t nearly as famous as the apocryphal version though, is it? I am sure the persecution/prosecution version has appeared on Slugger almost regularly whenever Carson is mentioned.

  • Eamonn Mallie

    The devil is always in the detail… It’s a lot better known now than before I’d wager…

  • greagoir o frainclin

    Edward Carson – a proud Dubliner…I pass by the house on Harcourt Street where he was born every day on the way to work.

  • Rory Carr

    I’ll bet he got a bit fed up with that, Greagoir. I’ve heard of those being ‘Born Again’, but every day of the week seems a wee bit excessive to me.

  • Fabianus

    Gréagóir

    Edward Carson – a proud Dubliner…I pass by the house on Harcourt Street where he was born

    Interesting. Both he and Wilde were born in 1854. From my knowledge of Dublin they’d have lived within a brisk twenty minutes’ walk of each other. Could they have been boyhood companions?

  • Framer

    Wilde’s accusation was criminal libel which could have ended with the Marquess being jailed, if convicted, so Carson’s defence of Queensbury had to be good.

    His son Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie) became his father and was later jailed for a criminal libel against Churchill during the 1st World War.

  • greagoir o frainclin

    Indeed, Carson and Wilde grew up within a stone’s throw of each other in Dublin city centre.
    Carson is always portrayed as the villian of the court case but it was Wilde who first brought the charges against Queensbury, which detrimentally backfired on Wilde. Two Dubs slogging it out in English courts.