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George IV's footsteps

Robert Campbell

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Deep footprints cut in the granite of Howth's West Pier. On 12 August 1821 King George IV first set foot on Irish soil. He is chiefly remembered because he staggered off the boat in a highly inebriated state. He was supposed to be in Dun Laoghaire but he did manage to leave his footprints at the point where he stepped ashore on the West Pier in Howth when a local stonemason took advantage of the error.

In 1853 was written:

He {George IV] landed at the quay of Howth, where the prints of two footsteps have since been cut in the stone, to indicate where he first touched Irish ground.

Howth - Binn Éadair - George IV's footsteps


12 Aug 1821
footsteps recorded by
robert campbell stonemason
16 paces in this direction

Howth - Binn Éadair - George IV's footsteps


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Item Code: ie416; Photograph: 24 June 2023
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