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What was, or per­haps even is, the Athenry Club? In a late-june sale at Mal­lams, Ox­ford, there was a gold medal­lion dated 1729 and en­graved with ‘Pros­per­ity to Gal­way’, a hunt­ing scene and clasped hands, pre­sented by the club to John Blak­eney Esq. The cat­a­logue iden­ti­fied him as an Ir­ish sol­dier, High Sher­iff and MP (about 1729–89), who fought at Cul­lo­den and Havana, but the date means that it must have been his fa­ther and name­sake (about 1703–47), also High Sher­iff and MP. It sold for £2,356.

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