The Shaw Family
THE SHAWS IN IRELAND WERE AN EXCELLENT UPPER-MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILY. They were gentry with small estates, agriculturists, lawyers, sportsmen, living pleasantly and in comparatively easy circumstances. For two centuries prior to George Bernard Shaw's birth, there emerged no conspicuously eminent figures.1
Shaw claimed to be a "genuine typical Irishman" of the (among others) "Cromwellian and (of course) Scottish invasion." On June 24, 1931, I received the following postcard from Shaw, 4 Whitehall Court, London, S.W.1:
|Captain Fennell of Cappoquin, Co. Kilkenny|
| N. M.'s daughter|
|William Shaw of Sandpits|
and so on: see the genealogical tree in the great biography.2 This has been sent me by Lloyd Christian (descendant of Duncan) whose grandfather married my grandmother's sister. But I go back to Shaigh, the third son of Shakspear's Macduff. Hence my talent for playwriting.