Lynch Law

The word lynching and "lynch law" came into our
language because of a sad occurrence in Galway city
in 1493.  The Mayor of the city, James Lynch
Fitzstephen, was forced to hang his own son Walter.
 Walter had been convicted of murdering a spanish
wine merchant called Gomez.  Gomez had taken a
fancy to Walter's girlfriend Agnes.  The Mayor
decided that the only way to sustain the city's
 honour and business connections was to carry 
out the punishment, and as no one else would
do it was forced to do it himself.

Quite a lot of evidence of the spanish connections
can be seen in Galway, in the buildings and the
famous Spanish Arch.

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