Joseph Verey (1830–1912), was born in Oxford, and worked as a journalist in London. He wrote several novels, the last being Tender Tyrants (1872).
- Kenealy — Irish-born Edward Vaughan Hyde Kenealy QC (1819–1880) was elected Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent in 1875, but was already notorious in the press for being disbarred as a barrister because of his behaviour during the “Tichborne Case” (about a man claiming to be the missing heir of a baronetcy). Kenealy, representing the claimant, had been openly abusive to both witnesses and judges, and was at least partly responsible for turning it into what was then the longest trial in UK history (running from 1871 to 1874). As such, when he entered the House of Commons, none of his fellow MPs wanted to (as was customary at the time) introduce him.
- “gamp” — Umbrella, named after Charles Dickens’s character Sarah Gamp in Martin Chuzzlewit, who carried one.
- mace — An ornamental mace that symbolises the UK Parliament’s royal authority.
- George Hammond Whalley — (1813–78), Liberal MP for Peterborough. He, too, was involved in the Tichborne case (on the side of the claimant, and, hence, of Kenealy), and was even fined for contempt of court for giving speeches claiming the Attorney General and the Government were trying to control the outcome of the trial.
- “Arthur Orton” — The possible true name of the claimant in the Tichborne case (who of course claimed to be Sir Roger Tichborne).
- Sir Roger — The point of the Tichborne case was for the claimant to prove they were, really, Sir Roger Charles Doughty Tichborne.
- gingham — Another slang term for an umbrella, due to the type of cloth used as a covering.
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