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The Antrim McDonnells


Angela Sykes McDonnell of Antrim


Publishers Ulster Television Limited.


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The warlike family history of the McDonnells, Earls of Antrim emerges from the age of myth and mystery, romanticised in poetry and' song by the Bards, distorted by folklore and clarified by modern research. This ancient and noble family traces its ancestry as far back as Colla, son of Ailach, daughter of the King of Alba (Scotland) McDonnells, MacDonnells and MacDonalds all share the same 'roots' they are an intrinsic part of the history of Northern Ireland and Western Scotland; and an important and robust clan now to be found in all parts of the world.

Angela, Dowager Countess of Antrim has both written and illustrated this impressive book on the history of the Antrim McDonnells; the style is humorous even satirical but her research is original and scholarly. As Sir John Betjeman, the poet laureate, says in his foreword: "She has an inherent comic line so that  her drawings are slightly risible, particularly on solemn occasions."

Sculptor and Cartoonist, Lady Antrim was born in Yorkshire in 1911 the third daughter of the late Sir Mark Sykes, Bart, MP. In 1934 she married Randal Somerled John McDonnell, 13th Earl of Antrim. Educated privately she studied sculpture and drawing from the age of fifteen in Brussels and Rome. At seventeen she had two large works accepted by the Royal Academy and has exhibited in London, Dublin and Belfast in mixed shows and held one man exhibitions in The Beaux Arts and Hamet galleries in London.

The Antrim McDonnells is a large hard-backed book of impressive proportions, measuring 11.75 inches deep and 15.75 inches wide, with a superb full colour dust cover. There are sixty-six pages including thirty-one full page black and white illustrations. Each book is individually signed by the author.

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