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 Astrology.Astronomers Royal: 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Astronomer of Dublin (The).
The head of the chief rebel of Dublin, set on a tall white-painted stake on the highest point of Dublin Castle, where it remains till it falls to decay or is replaced by the head of a greater rebel. The Irish say: “God send to Dublin many more astronomers.”   1
“His head is poled high
Upon the castle here,
Beholding stars as though he were
A great astronomer.”

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