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The Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival: Ireland as Paradise: Huguenot Military, Political and Economic Power
  • Category
    Talks
  • Date(s)
    10 April 2013
  • Time
    7:00 PM
  • Price
    £7*
  • Concs.
    £5*
The Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival: Ireland as Paradise: Huguenot Military, Political and Economic Power
Spitalfields Silk © Museum of London
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The Huguenots were members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France during the 16th and 17th centuries. Fleeing religious persecution during the 17th century, the Huguenots fled France relocating to Protestant nations across the world. The large community that settled in Spitalfields left an indelible mark on the area with a major weaving industry producing some of the finest work of the times.

To celebrate their talents and contribution, we present a series of events as part of The Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival. Events take place at various venues from 8 - 21 April 2013.

This talk traces the Huguenot presence in Ireland from the arrival of Huguenot regiments in the army of William of Orange. It explores their participation in the Irish campaigns and the battle of the Boyne followed by their disbanding in Ireland and the founding of French communities in many places. Also highlighted will be the Huguenot political leadership in Ireland, the 'Irishisation' of French names and the commercial importance of Huguenots in the linen trade.

Very Reverend Dr William McComish is former Dean of the Cathedral of St Pierre, Geneva. He was also the General Treasurer for the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and Advisor to World Economic Forum, Davos.

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