9. Michael Craig
The youthful Earl of Charlemont was in danger of going wrong – gaming, drinking, whoring etc. He was persuaded to refine his morals by going on a ‘Grand Tour’ from Dublin to Constantinople and, eventually, back again. Ten years of expedition returned great intellectual treasure. Despite facing Death on many occasions – pirates, brigands, storms and women – he survived to believe that his future was in Ireland; a decision that benefits us all to this day.
Born in Dublin, Michael Craig is best known for his pen and ink drawings of architectural subjects. Attention to detail on a miniature scale has led to various commissions including Ireland’s third and fourth definitive series of stamps. His illustrated books include ‘Fish out of Water’ and ‘Mausolea Hibernica’.