1846:- Potato blight brings widespread famine to largely Catholic Ireland and compassionate vicar Robert Traill, faced with apathy by a bigoted Protestant clergy, writes to Victoria for assistance. Deeply moved by his letter she is anxious to help and is shocked when Peel refuses, claiming that to show favouritism to the Irish would cause resentment at home, undermining his government. She invites Dr Traill to visit her to explain how the Irish church has contributed to his parishioners' plight, prompting her to again ask Peel to send relief - but it is too late for the typhus-stricken Dr Traill and a million of his countrymen. Ernest has his own health problems whilst Albert busies himself improving sanitation for London and Francatelli shows an act of great kindness to assistant dresser Miss Cleary to aid her family in Ireland.
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Did You Know?
[All trivia items for this title are spoilers.
During the potato famine, Victoria is shown with her newly born daughter, Alice. Alice was born in 1843. So, she turned two the year famine began in 1845. See more
[Victoria is horrified to read about the Irish potato famine
[voiceover, reading his letter in the newspaper
"Famine is advancing with strides so fearful that I verily believe that if some superhuman effort is not made to relieve us, half our population will erelong be blotted from the book of being."
Sir Robert, have you read this letter from the rector of Skull? He writes that people in his parish are living off seaweed and nettles.
As you will see in my memorandum of the 17th, ma'am, nettles...