In May 1770, the radical English journalist and politician John Wilkes (1725–97), fresh from a two year prison-sentence for libel, was teased for his anti-Scottish views at one of the regular masquerades (masked balls) organised by Teresa Cornelys (1723–97), soprano, actress, and lover of Casanova, in Carlisle House, Soho Square, London (KG: 19/05/1770):1 A gentleman in a Highland dress, with the bag-pipes, came up to Mr Wilkes at Mrs Cornelys’s masquerade and played two or three tunes to him.Read more »
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