With dramatic twists and a vast cast of characters worthy of a Tolstoy novel, the 2nd Marquess of Sligo lived a life every bit as compelling as his contemporaries Napoleon, Byron and Nelson.

According to the full title is The Great Leviathan: The Life of Howe Peter Browne, 2nd Marquess of Sligo 1788-1845, and the aristocrat from Connacht proves to be as compelling a figure as Napoleon Bonaparte, Lord Byron, Admiral Nelson or any of the other giants who populate this life story packed with endless twists and turns.

As Chambers tells us early on (deep breath): “His relatively short lifespan of 56 years was crammed with a diverse and extensive range of activities as a Regency buck, an embattled Irish landlord, a peer of the realm, a West Indian plantation owner, Lord Lieutenant of County Mayo, Knight of Saint Patrick, militia colonel, Governor General of Jamaica, legislator, intrepid traveller, favoured guest at the court of successive Kings of England, as well as in the courts of Napoleon’s family, founder and steward of the Irish Turf Club, spy, sailor and jailbird, as well as the father of 15 children.” (And I had to substantially trim that author’s list for reasons of space.)

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