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Where: Leinster, County Kilkenny, Ireland

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The title on this Poole image is "Mr. S. O'Hara, The Palace" and shows an older man in a fine uniform complete with fancy epaulettes, ceremonial sword and fancy headgear. Who was this gentleman and why the outfit?

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: between ca. 1901 and 1954

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 1142

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 09/May/2022 08:02:48

    Ouch! That looks painfully uncomfortable.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/May/2022 08:17:45

    Surprisingly small number of Mr. S. O'Haras in the 1911 census, just 11, none of them in Poole's stomping grounds. 10 in 1901, likewise. None of them with any sort of palatial occupation.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/May/2022 08:24:09

    Paging back in the catalogue, the first dated photo is from October 1900. Forwards, Feb 1901.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/May/2022 08:25:48

    From the catalogue: Note in Poole Index Book: 'Copy'. , so could be much older.

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    CHG PRO PHOTOGRAPHY incorporating the APL archives

    • 09/May/2022 08:45:21

    Could this perhaps be some sort of reference to this gentleman being a county lord or something? I’m thinking this could be in Buckingham Palace. Ferry bank is in Wexford town, but I’m not aware of any palaces ever being in Wexford?!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/May/2022 08:46:36

    Looks like a Royal Navy officers uniform to me.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/May/2022 08:48:18

    I wonder if this is a mistranscription of Pallas, as in HMS Pallas

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 09/May/2022 09:09:52

    Hmm ?? Was it the Bishop in his Palace? "Henry Stewart O’Hara (6 September 1843 – 11 December 1923) ... He was formally installed at Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford, on 17 March 1900. He served as such until his retirement in 1919." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_O%27Hara Playing dress-ups for HMS Pinafore ? Or getting copy photos of a rellie?

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    O Mac

    • 09/May/2022 09:13:52

    There are a good few "not digitised" Poole photographs with "The Palace" as location. catalogue.nli.ie/Search/Results?sort=title&view=grid&...

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    an poc

    • 09/May/2022 13:02:45

    beachcomber australia The photo looks mid-19th-century to me, so I'd imagine one of the O'Haras was getting a copy.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 09/May/2022 21:46:11

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Yes, could be. I have an unscientific hunch that "Mr. S. O'Hara" might be an error transcription of "Mrs. O'Hara". The Bishop's wife was "Hatton Thomasina, daughter of Thomas Scott DL, of Willsboro', County Londonderry." Via Lord Belmont, here are both families. Possibly this fellow is/was a High Sheriff of Antrim? I have no idea. lordbelmontinnorthernireland.blogspot.com/2017/03/ohara-o... lordbelmontinnorthernireland.blogspot.com/2015/06/scott-o... High Sheriff and Court Dress details - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_sheriff en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Court_uniform_and_dress_in_the_Unit...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/May/2022 05:19:43

    If it is the High Sheriff of Londonderry, possible Scotts are: 1857: William Edward Scott of Willsboro 1923: John Russell Scott of Willsboro William E. is 68 in 1901, died in 1913. But he was sheriff in 1857 aged just 24, would he really be wearing the outfit 40 years later for a photo?