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Willie Kingston was born into a Methodist family in Skibbereen. He qualified as a solicitor and later worked in the office of his first cousin Jasper Woulfe :


He describes WW1 and its effects on Skibbereen and attendance as a Solicitor at Dáil Courts. This memoir was published some years ago in the journal of the Skibbereen Historical Society. He describes his upbringing, the town and the effects locally of WW1. He refers to the huge prosperity the war caused locally and the positive effect on his own family finances. The troubles, are described, in particular the sense of panic that gripped Protestants in West Cork after the killings of firstly Mr. Fitzmaurice, Solicitor in Dunmanway and many other within a few days. He left Ireland at this period and went to South Africa. He later returned and resumed his legal career. He was a founder member of the Skibbereen Historical Society and later its chairman. He wrote ‘The Story of West Carbery in 1948 published by his niece Daisy Swanton in 1986.

Memoir of Willie Kingston (1885-1975), Skibbereen, Solicitor and Historian.Memoir of Willie Kingston (1885-1975), Skibbereen, Solicitor and Historian.