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Famous Redheads - Historical - A-L

 

Napoleon Boneparte

1769-1821. The small ones are the worst, and this little chap had Europe in uproar and he marched about with one arm tucked away, causing no end of trouble.
Often too busy to look after Josephine, he met his Waterloo in 1815 and had to live his final years in exile.

  Napoleon Boneparte

Lizzie Borden

"Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her Mother 40 whacks". The OJ Simpson of her day. Did she or didn’t she? On the 4th August 1892 in the small town of Fall River, Massachusetts a double murder was committed. The doomed Lizzie was implicated, but with the help of the family lawyer, Redheaded Ms Borden walked free.

  Lizzie Borden

Cleopatra

69-30BC. The Queen of Egypt and the Last Pharoah. Seducer of Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony. Famed for her beauty, Cleopatra would bathe in asses milk and use Henna to increase the redness of her hair.

  Cleopatra

Christopher Columbus

1451-1506. Born in Genoa, Italy. With the backing of the King of Spain, Redheaded Columbus led great voyages from Europe to the Caribbean, ultimately discovering America.

  Christopher Columbus

Oliver Cromwell

1599-1658. Under that severe helmet was a mass of lovely red hair. The Lord Protector of England, leader of The New Model Army, Cromwell served in both the Short and Long Parliaments of 1640. A strict Puritan, he led the Roundheads against the foppish Cavaliers, finally routing them at Naseby in 1645.
Not a barrel of laughs, it has to be said.

  Oliver Cromwell

General Custer

Born 5 December 1839, New Rumley, Ohio. Graduated from West Point in 1861, commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant to the 2nd Cavalry in June of that year.
A successful cavalry leader during the latter part of the Civil War, Custer then remained in the army taking part in Sioux and Cheyenne expeditions.
Became the youngest ever Major General in US history.  
His sticky end came at The Battle of The Little Big Horn when, on 25th June 1876, 266 officers and men were killed by Sitting Bull and his Sioux warriors.
Custer's remains were disinterred the following year and he was given a military funeral at West Point.


  General Custer

Emily Dickinson

1830-1886. Born and lived in Ameherst USA, author of over 1700 poems, although only 10 were published during her lifetime. She led a very secluded life, after the age of 30 she never saw anyone outside her immediate family.
Also known for her cake-baking prowess.

  Emily Dickinson

Jane Digby

3 April 1807 - 11 August 1891. Born into the English aristocracy, growing up privileged by beauty as well as birthright. Her ancestors included Everard Digby - who had been involved in the Gun Powder Plot and her ancestry can be claimed back to Aelmar, "Anglicus-Saxonus" .

Her affair with an Austrian prince and consequent divorce in 1830 from, Lord Ellenborough, caused a sensation, and from that time until her 1891 death, "her name was rarely out of the newspapers as she featured in one outrageous tale after another." It was  untenable for her to remain in or return to England; she then had a succession of lovers and husbands, including, by the time she was in middle age, "the love of her life," a Bedouin sheikh young enough to be her son.

  Jane Digby

Nell Gwynne

1650-1687. Sold oranges outside the Kings Theatre in Drury Lane, becoming an actress and climbing the social ladder. Epitomised a classic rags to riches story by becoming the mistress of Charles II, producing for him a son, the Duke of St. Albans.

  Nell Gwynne

Lady Emily Hamilton

1765-1815. Born Emily Lyon on the Wirral. Moved to London where she became a popular model for portrait painters of the time such as Gainsborough and Reynolds.
But it is her relationship as Admiral Nelson’s mistress that she is best remembered.

  Lady Emily Hamilton

Judas Iscariot

The Apostle who betrayed Jesus. Agreed to hand his leader over to the authorities for 30 pieces of silver. Judas met Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, kissing him to let the powers that be know who to arrest.

  Judas Iscariot
   

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