Earl of Castlehaven
|Random Renaissance fact of the day:|
The notorious Earl of Castlehaven, whose DNB biography begins by calling him "convicted rapist and sodomite" and whose crimes the Privy Council deemed "too horrid for a Christian man to mention," was named Mervin Touchet. That's right: the most notorious sex offender in early Stuart England was Lord Mervin. He was Merv the Perv.
One the one hand, that's the perfect name for him, but I expected something a little more threatening, like Damian or Lodowick. Mervin just doesn't have enough gravitas or danger. With apologies to all the Mervins out there, it's a name I associate more with inkhorns and the last kid picked in gym class.