Tomkin-Maxwell ffrenchmullan Tomlinson

The fictitious name that Joyce gives the military officer overseeing the execution in Cyclops, "lieutenantcolonel Tomkin-Maxwell ffrenchmullan Tomlinson," seems intended to mock pretentiously aristocratic English family names. But it also contains references to real people which have the serious effect of linking the evocation of Robert Emmet's 1803 execution to the executions carried out after the Easter Rising of 1916.

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General Sir John Maxwell in a 1916 photograph held in the National Library of Ireland. Source: www.nli.ie.

Madeleine ffrench-Mullen in a detail cropped from a 1917 group photograph of women detained in the Richmond Barracks after the Easter Rising.
Source: Wikimedia Commons.