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Popular from earliest times, the proud name of Hughes is to be found all over the world today – far from its original roots in the ancient soils of both Britain and Ireland.
Active on the field of battle, bearers of the name have also achieved distinction in the fields of enterprise and invention, while others have contributed to the worlds of politics, entertainment, arts and sport.
Their colourful tale is recounted here.
Hughes Clan Mini-Book Excerpt
"An American industrialist, engineer, aviator and philanthropist, Howard Hughes, born in Texas in 1905 and who died in 1976, was also a film producer and director of films such as the 1928 Two Arabian Knights, for which he won the first ever Academy Award for Best Director of a Comedy Picture.
Other films include the 1932 Scarface, but it was his 1943 film The Outlaw that provoked particular controversy at the time.
Starring a rather well-endowed Jane Russell, the eccentric Hughes put his engineering skills to use in meticulously designing a special brassiere for the actress based on the principles of cantilevered bridge construction.
Recognised as a pioneering aviator, he designed, built and flew the Hughes H-1 Racer and the H-4 Hercules, better known as the Spruce Goose, while he also set a number of aviation records.
Bearers of the Hughes name have ventured into the mysterious and often frightening world of the paranormal.
The inspiration for William Peter Blatty’s novel The Exorcist, later adapted as a cult horror film of the same name, Father Edward Hughes, born in 1949, was the Roman Catholic priest of St James Church, in Mt. Rainer, Maryland, who also practised as an exorcist.
It was in 1949 that he was called to Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, to examine a 13-year-old boy thought to have been possessed by demons after using an Ouija board.
As Father Hughes performed his ritual of exorcism, the boy somehow managed to break out of the restraints holding him to his bed and, ripping out a bedspring, viciously attacked him.
He survived the frightening ordeal and returned to St James Church in Mt. Rainer, serving as pastor there until his death in 1980."