Sunday 7 January 2018

Sunday Snap – The Iron Duke

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We were riding with The Fine Lady for last week's Sunday Snap. I asked where she was riding to and the answer is

Banbury Cross

Making music wherever they go with the right answer were Kara and Bill.

This week we have another statue. This time it is of a man known as 'The Iron Duke. However it is for his military achievements, lasting influence on fashion and political achievements that he is best remembered for. Born in Dublin in 1769 as the Hon. Arthur Wesley (he later changed it to Wellesley) he was the fourth son of the Earl of Mornington. As a child he received a privileged education with time spent at Eton College. He hated his time there and his mother despaired at what the future held for him. Through family connections he was able to get a commission in the army. He rose quickly through the ranks fighting campaigns around the world. His final military campaign was the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. His successes earned him a dukedom.

It was during his time in the army that Wellesley instructed his shoemaker to modify his boots. The resulting design was made of leather which made it hard-wearing enough for riding purposes but still smart enough to wear in the evening. Although he gave his name to the style of boots they now given to boots made of rubber.

After defeating Napoleon he made his mark in the world of politics as a member of the Tory party. As a peer he was a member of the House of Lords and became Prime Minister in 1828. His major achievement was the passing of the Catholic Relief Act 1829. He was not well supported by his own party and the act only passed due the votes of the opposition Whig party. By 1830 a lack of confidence in him led to his government collapsing. Until he retired from politics in 1846 he served as leader of the Tory and then the newly renamed Conservatives. In the recent Victoria television series he was portrayed by Peter Bowles. This week's question is

What ducal title was Arthur Wellesley given?

We were joined last week by Susan and family birthday and Christmas celebrations. Lisa has been to see a Marc Chagall exhibition. The stocking were hung by chimney with care at Kara's followed by a trip to Disney on Ice.

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  1. The Duke Of Wellington? Happy new year to you & your family x

  2. The Duke of Wellington.
    Thanks for hosting.

  3. He was the Duke of Wellington :)


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