Thomas O'Hogarty Gormenghast is the priest, and Lictor Magnificus, who signs the Nemo Me Impune Lacessit of A Short Guide to Catholic Church History (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 51).


There is a Hogarty, Wisconsin[1], and writer Patrick Sarsfield O'Hegarty (1879-1955)[2], but we find the fact that in Ireland - at least County Galway - the middle name is the form of the name Forgarty[3].

Gormenghast is a fantasy series by British author Mervyn Peake (1911-68), about the inhabitants of Castle Gormenghast, a sprawling, decaying, Gothic-like structure. Originally conceived as a single on-going novel, the series was ended by Peake's death and comprises three novels, Titus Groan (1946), Gormenghast (1950), and Titus Alone (1959)[4].  "The Peake reference may be a mild gesture toward an in-joke, as I'm not sure how well the Gormenghast books were known in the middle 1960s.[5][5]"


  1. Wikipedia: Hogarty, Wisconsin
  2. Wikipedia: P. S. O'Hegarty
  3. The Surnames of Ireland. Edward MacLysaght (1985).
  4. Wikipedia: Gormenghast (series)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Correspondence with Charles Bowen.

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