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Patagonia Walk, Maritime Quarter
(Fitzroy House)

Baron Spolasco

real name probably John Smith or John Williams
Manchester or Gateshead c. 1806? - New York 1858
Quack doctor who lived in Swansea, 1838-1845
Jonah Jones & Meic Watts
c. 1985/90

Swansea - Abertawe /  Baron Spolasco   Swansea - Abertawe /  Baron Spolasco

Description

26 bathstone panels with reliefs and texts, on both sides of a tunnel walkway. The central stone on the eastside portrays the 'Baron', with inscription baron spolasco. He looks out over certain events of his life, along with texts drawn from his poem published in Swansea in 1840, a relief of the shipwreck of the Killarney and maps of some of the countries and places in which he resided.

Inscription(s)

Westside

I pledge
unto
spolasco's
name
[Masonic square
and compasses]
be
mindful of
spolasco's
skill
A name
in which
we glory
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BARON SPOLASCO

ye
patrons
of his
merit
his splendid
cures and
healing
fame
save
him
from all
impending
ill.
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Eastside

swansea
has proved
this happy
day
SHE
patronizes
merit
native
or
stranger
far
away
SHE
will uphold
with
SPIRIT
then
brave boys
with
swansae
honors.
all hail!,
spolasco's
merit.
spolasco
sydd a
hawl.
and in
return, his
grateful
donors.
he'll
ever serve
with
spirit.
Am
wella
briwiau'r
bobloedd
Rhagoriaeth
fawr a'i
rhoddodd
TUNE "THE ADMIRAL."

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I dderbyn
celfyddydawl
fawl
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WALES 1838-45

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IRELAND 183?-38

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THE KILLARNEY Jan 19th 1838
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NEW YORK 184?-58

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Annotation

The Spolasco Reliefs, Carvings, and Plaques are designed by Robin Campbell and Richard Porch, the sculptors were Jonah Jones, Meic Watts, and Brian Denman.

Baron Spolasco and the Wreck of the Killarney

by Caroline Rance on April 1st, 2010

On 19 January 1838, the steamer Killarney set sail from Cork, bound for Bristol. On board were 37 people and 600 pigs, and ahead of them was the most violent storm in more than half a century. The steamer was forced to turn back, and anchored at Cove for a few hours, until the Captain made the ill-fated decision to continue. By the following evening, 21 survivors were clinging to a rock, fast losing hope of rescue.
One of these survivors was Baron Spolasco (above), a flamboyant character who had been fraudulently practising as a physician and surgeon in different parts of Ireland. Though he looks rather exotic, he was probably born in the north of England in about 1800, and his real name appears in different sources as John Williams, John Smith, or the slightly more impressive John William Adolphus Frederick Augustus Smith.

(From The Quackdoctor).

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Location (N 51°36'53" - W 3°56'18")

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