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Concerning a girl called Elizabeth Dooly who had a protuberance on her forehead -when her mother was pregnant she was frightened by a cow she was milking, and hit by the cow's teat on her temple - believed that the daughter's protuberance was linked to this incident; concerning a description of and virtues of the herb 'Mackinboy' or 'Tithimalus hibernicus', a rare plant known today as Irish Spurge (Euphorbia hyberna L.)
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Subject: Physiology/ Botany

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26 March 1687
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1 page

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St George Ashe

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St George Ashe, Part of a letter, from St George Ashe [to the Royal Society], dated at Trinity College Dublin, 26 March 1687, EL/A/38, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 25 May 2024

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    Dates: 1613-1740

    The archival collection known as 'Early Letters' is composed of original manuscript letters sent to, or collected by, the Royal Society from English and foreign correspondents.

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