The Ulster branch of the Trevors

Someone told me this morning that the Royal Ulster Constabulary used to be known as the Trevors. It’s unclear to me whether this is a reference to the low incidence of the name in Catholic families, to Tacitus’ pigheaded Treviri, or to something completely different–please tell me if you know. Here, anyway, to strike terror into the hearts of those who continue to wish me extreme misfortune since I made this translation, is a photo of a representative selection of Trevors at Cheltenham:


(Here is one of the few really stupid mistakes I have picked up in Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow (excerpt here):

Close behind, Arabists are ululating, shrill, merciless, among the red-orange stars over the crowds of derricks.

Dereks, Thomas, Dereks.)

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