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Friday, 15 January 2016

Dorinish: Dot Jarlett archive.

From the pages of the Irish Independent, dated (errr... I'll get back to you on that one), found amongst Dot Jarlett's clippings archive (presumably that's her writing next to the headline), here is the original skinny on John's purchase of Dorinish in 1967. As ye will know, of all of them, John was keenest on a rural idyll for the Fabs, whom he envisaged living together in a communal arrangement somewhere isolated; hence Dorinish, Greek islands, even Tittenhurst, apparently.
Anyway, Alistair Taylor bought it on John's behalf (and that is actually bought it - he was the legal owner and eventually had to write to John in order to remind him that the title needed to be transferred), and John duly transported the Kenwood caravan over as a first step, before visiting on a couple of occasions... though of course the plan came to naught in the end.
Hats off to Alistair for some impressive bullshitting here, nevertheless:

I didn't know the bit about George A. Birmingham and his Inviolable Sanctuary before. I bet you didn't either. Here is the relevant passage from that very tome re. "Inishbawn" a.k.a. Dorinish, in case ye are interested:


  1. This is interesting as I thought they all chose to pass. Also that John wanted to have them all so close. Wonder how things would have worked out?

  2. This is interesting in that I thought they were all going in on this together. Also that John wanted them all to be so close. Wonder how things would have worked out.

  3. High Trees House was being painted last time I passed. Lovely part of Sarf London

  4. I think this was also the period they considered buying an island in Greece to all live together on. I think the fact that Brian Epstein suddenly passed away had much to do with them forgetting such plans and starting to take things more seriously.

  5. The date on the Irish Sunday Independent was May 19, 1967 (week 12, Palm Sunday)