Meet Gillies MacBain

Saturday 16 November SOLD OUTDBF-2019-EventImages-600x900.indd

Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Venue: Sweny’s Pharmacy, 1 Lincoln Place

Free entry, Booking advised


Gillies Macbain was a butler at Buckingham Palace.

Gillies Macbain met Mick Jagger.

Gillies Macbain was arrested as a suspect in a bombing. 


Only one of these things is true, but the other two aren’t far from reality. Meet Gillies Macbain, a man whose life has been nothing if not unpredictable.


In the summer of 1964, 21-year-old Gillies Macbain arrived in Dublin fresh off the ferry from England with only his bicycle, a suitcase and a tent to his name. Young, handsome and charismatic, he began work as a footman in one of the houses of the dying aristocracy. Thus begins his foray into the upper echelons of Irish society.


During this event at Sweny’s Pharmacy, the author will regale you with tales from his past, but it is up to you to judge his stories and decipher what is real and what is fabricated as he attempts to ‘forget the facts – and tell the truth’. Gillies is author of The Last Footman (The Lilliput Press).



Gillies Macbain arrived in Ireland in 1963. After seeking refuge for a short time at the monastery of Mount Melleray in County Waterford, he made the permanent move to Ireland in 1964. From then, he worked in various capacities as a footman, a butler, an actor and a farmer. He currently lives in a castle in Templemore, County Tipperary, and foregoes the trappings of modern life including computers. Instead, Macbain favours handwritten correspondence and embraces life as a budding new author. His memoir The Last Footman was recently published by The Lilliput Press.