S5E31 – Gregor MacGregor, The Prince of Nowhere

Gregor MacGregor, The Prince of Nowhere

The Loreboys meet the audacious Scottish con man “Sir” Gregor MacGregor. Calling himself the Cazique of Poyais, this charismatic ex-soldier is the mastermind behind a debacle that will make Fyre Island look like Centre Parcs.

He’s selling land and government bonds belonging to the Central American kingdom of Poyais. The big problem being: Poyais doesn’t exist. The year is 1823, and this South Sea bubble is going to pop. Around 170 victims of the scam will die. But will Scotland’s biggest hoaxter get off Scot free?


Join us for another Loremen Live in Oxford on 25th May:



The Loremen are Alasdair Beckett-King & James Shakeshaft.

This episode was edited by Joseph Burrows – Audio Editor.

Featured image from Sketch of the Mosquito Shore, (possibly) by Thomas Strangeways, 1822.

Music from La Lettre De Manon Valse played by Megone’s Orchestra, 1905.




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