But all this romance of ancestry did not interfere with the fact that when Katherine Pack, the Irish gentlewoman, came in her widowhood to Edinburgh, she was very poor.
I have never been clear why it was Edinburgh for which she made.
One has, therefore, some strange strains in one's blood which are noble in origin and, one can but hope, are noble in tendency.His brain was covered over by a silver plate and he lived for many years, subject only to very bad fits of temper, which some of us have had with less excuse.But the real romance of the family lies in the fact that about the middle of the seventeenth century the Reverend Richard Pack, who was head of Kilkenny College, married Mary Percy, who was heir to the Irish branch of the Percys of Northumberland.In this mission I have already travelled more than 50,000 miles and addressed 300,000 people, besides writing seven books upon the subject. I WAS born on May 22, 1859, at Picardy Place, Edinburgh, so named because in old days a colony of French Huguenots had settled there.Such is the life which I have told in some detail in my Memories and Adventures. At the time of their coming it was a village outside the City walls, but now it is at the end of Queen Street, abutting upon Leith Walk.The elder, James Doyle, wrote "The Chronicles of England," illustrated with coloured pictures by himself—examples of colour-printing which beat any subsequent work that I have ever seen.He also spent thirteen years in doing "The Official Baronage of England," a wonderful monument of industry and learning.We can only claim to be the main stem by virtue of community of character and appearance with the English Doyles and the unbroken use of the same crest and coat-of-arms.My forbears, like most old Irish families in the south, kept to the old faith at the Reformation and fell victims to the penal laws in consequence.When last I visited it, it seemed to have degenerated, but at that time the flats were of good repute.My father was the youngest son of John Doyle, who under the nom de crayon of "H.