SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
'His more interesting brother Francis L. (Frank), Dublin Herald, was accused in the will of Sir Arthur Vicars, Ulster King of Arms, of stealing the Irish "crown jewels" (the star and badge of the Order of St. Patrick, presented to the order in 1831 by King William IV and believed to have been made from diamonds belonging to Queen Charlotte) in 1907 from the heralds' office in Dublin Castle which was the subject of a Viceregal commission of enquiry in 1908, and was made the subject of one of the "Secret Cases of Sherlock Holmes", 1998.
'It became a nationalist cause célèbre, and various protagonists met unfortunate ends: [Frank] Shackleton was convicted of fraud in 1913 and changed his name [to "Mellors"] living locally. Captain Richard H. Gorges killed a policeman in 1915 and was convicted of manslaughter. Francis Bennett Golding died in a motoring accident in France in 1918, and many stolen items, eg from Canterbury Cathedral, were found in his property. Sir Arthur Vicars was shot by a local IRA unit 14 Apr 1921, and his successor at the College of Arms was chiefly known for his creation of an elaborate dolls' house called "Titania's Palace". Suffice to say that Irish wills were burnt in 1922.)