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PETER TAIT: A REMARKABLE STORY
The definitive biography of Sir Peter Tait JP DL (1828-1890)
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This fascinating book, based on extensive original research, traces the life of Peter Tait from his birth in Shetland in 1828 to his death in the Russian Empire in 1890.
It describes his years in Limerick, as a manufacturer of army uniforms, using steam powered sewing machines, as a Deputy Lieutenant and, for three consecutive years, Mayor of the City; sheds significant new light on his supply of uniforms to the Confederate States during the American Civil War, on his involvement in blockade running, and on his ultimately disastrous relationship with Alexander Collie, who is exposed as the perpetrator of extensive frauds both during and after the War; and brings to life Tait’s campaigns for election as an MP for Limerick in 1868 and for Orkney and Shetland in 1873.
The book includes a wealth of detail; Tait’s grand visions for the future of Ireland; his establishment of a line of steamships to carry passengers and mails between England, Belgium and South America; his bankruptcy in 1869; and the scandals caused by the sexual exploits of his brother and his shipping manager.
It charts Tait’s years of self-imposed exile in the Ottoman Empire; his manufacture of cigarettes in the City of London, and his search for oil in the Caucasus.