Dear Friends, it has been a long time between posts. My apologies. I still adore this project and it is now back on the front burner.
I started this project in 2004 and the research stage was a joy. I am assembling a key reference group for the project and will keep you informed as we go. But first I would like to share some photographs of a precious item. The Workbox of Georgian Molloy. So let’s start unpacking it!
The photographs were taken with permission of the National Trust.
Under the first layer which is a collection of sewing and craft bits and bobs, is the deeper compartment.
This holds special items and memorabilia collected by Georgiana.
This little brown carved nut was found wrapped in a few layers of paper.
When unscrunched the paper reads “Bullet which wounded Cptn Molloy at Waterloo.”
Opening the nut revealed a white heavy (lead) ball. There was also a separate and newer note added by a decedent.
E. D D C
i.e. Mary Dorothea Du Cane (nee Molloy)
Mum’s ^ Workbox
with Hubert’s bullet found in
Grandpapa Molloy after Waterloo
This is an astonishing item and not surprising that it was kept in the special and precious collection. It is well known that John Molloy fought at Waterloo under Wellington in the prestigious unit of the 95th Rifle Brigade. His grandchildren were aware of the stories about his military history as they quoted Hubert (surely a French name) as the source of the bullet.