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Seamus O'Caellaigh

Seamus O'Caellaigh has always been interested in the Tudor dynasty and the many uses of plants. He grew up learning about plants from his grandmother Anne Kelley and mother Diane Prickett, who both were avid gardeners. Their love of plants has manifested in Seamus through his love of being out in the wild looking for medicinal plants, through his spending lots of time in the family garden and through spending time in the woods in the Pacific Northwest. He is most often seen with his head down, looking at the plants along the path and not at what lies ahead.

 

Having joined a pre-1600s recreation group, Seamus found a way to incorporate his love of the Tudors with a study of medicinal plants from that time period, along with the many herbal books written from the 1st century to the turn of the 17th century. Nothing makes Seamus happier than finding an obscure reference, or his son Jerrick bringing him a plant for "Dad's Plant Projects."

Seamus' Books and Current Projects

Along with Pustules Pestilence and Pustules, and Herbs of Tymberhavene, Seamus has researched various Pre-17th-Century Apothecary and medical practices. His interests include 1600 years of herbals and a medical text.

 

1,000 Ways to Dye

An examination of Pre-17th-century dyeing using old world plants and the various possible changes to color using different fibers and additives.

Pustules, Pains and Pestilence

Tudor Treatments and Ailments of Henry VIII

In Pustules, Pestilence, and Pain, historian Seamus O'Caellaigh has delved deep into the documents of Henry's reign to select some authentic treatments that Henry's physicians compounded and prescribed to one suffering from those ailments.

 

Packed with glorious full-colour photos of the illnesses and treatments Henry VIII used, alongside primary source documents, this book is a treat for the eyes and is full of information for those with a love of all things Tudor. Each illness and accident has been given its own section in chronological order, including first-hand accounts, descriptions of the treatments and photographic recreations of the treatment and ingredients.

Various Classes Taught

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