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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Richard Barry, 7th Earl of Barrymore (Biographical details)

Richard Barry, 7th Earl of Barrymore (actor/entertainer; British; Male; 1769 - 1793)

Also known as

Barry, Richard; Barrymore; Newgate, Richard


Actor, rake and politician, nicknamed 'Hellgate' by George, Prince of Wales (later George IV) for his antics. Accidentally shot, 5th March, 1793.