Student in call to bury giant’s bones
A man who has been campaigning for years for the last wishes of a long-deceased Ulsterman to be respected has made a fresh call for his bones to be removed from display.
PhD student Thomas Muinzer has been pressing for years for the release of Charles Byrne’s skeleton from the Hunterian Museum in the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), London.
The student of Queen’s Univeristy Belfast garnered national attention over the issue in 2011, and is now restating the call two years on – noting that with the recently-discovered remains of Richard III set to be reinterred, it seems “even more unjust” to display Byrne’s bones against his wishes.
The new call follows the discovery of the remains of the former English king, Richard III, beneath a car park in Leicester last year.
The long-dead royal’s bones are expected to be reinterred in the city’s cathedral.
This, claims Thomas, only adds weight to his own calls for Charles Byrne to be reburied.
“The continued display of his skeleton is unethical and unnecessary,” he said.
“And seems even more unjust given the recent news that Richard III’s remains, after 528 years in an unmarked grave, will finally receive a burial fit for a king. After more than 200 years of display it is now time for the Hunterian Museum to release his skeleton and finally give Charles Byrne a burial fit for a giant.”