Both Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan spoke publicly about having seen UFOs, and Hillary Clinton has joined the choir of high-profile leaders who would like to see the subject dealt with transparently and brought before the American people in a way we can all agree is trustworthy and honest. At the time, members of the House of Lords were not elected officials, as was the case with the House of Commons. To be an English Lord required that one be of noble birth. Le Poer was an old Irish noble name dating back to the Norman invasion of Ireland. Brinsley inherited his title following the deaths of two older brothers Richard in and Greville in , making him the Eighth Earl of Clancarty and the Seventh Marquess of Heusden. But Brinsley felt one could more honestly trace his family origins back to around 63, B.
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Lord Clancarty used his vast fortune to fund research into UFOs. History Extra. Born in , as a boy, young William grew up in rural Ireland before moving to England to be educated at the private Pangbourne Nautical College.
Despite his family wealth, he was encouraged to become independent and so he worked for several years in the advertising business in London. However, by the time he reached his 30s, he had become fascinated by the subject of UFOs and began devoting increasingly greater amount of time to his independent research. In , he became the editor of the Flying Saucer Review, and then, three years later, he founded Contact International, a global organization for fellow believers.
When William inherited his title and became the 8th Earl of Clancarty in , then, he saw an opportunity to bring the topic of UFOs and extra-terrestrial visitors to Earth right into the heart of the British establishment. In his later years, Lord Clancarty left London and lived a quiet life by the sea. When he died in , he left a huge collection of personal research related to UFOs to Contact International.
He is widely regarded as a true pioneer in the field, though for some, he was purely a true British eccentric.
Brinsley Le Poer Trench, 8th Earl of Clancarty
Brinsley Le Poer Trench, although lesser know, was just as important. However, I believe his greatest contribution to the search for truth was his personal demonstration of open-mindedness. As an example for closed-minded skeptics there is no equal. In Trench left no doubt as to his feeling about the possibility of a hollow planet. He thought the whole idea was ridiculous.
The Sky People
Brinsley was educated at the Pangbourne Nautical College. He also found employment selling advertising space for a gardening magazine housed opposite Waterloo station. In , he founded Contact International and served as its first president. In he succeeded to the earldom on the death of his half-brother, Grenville Sydney Rocheforte, 7th Earl of Clancarty , giving him a seat in the British Parliament. Four years later he organised a celebrated debate in the House of Lords on UFOs which attracted many speeches on both sides of the question. In one debate, Lord Strabolgi , for the Government, declared that there was nothing to convince him that any alien spacecraft had ever visited the Earth.