Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Piggate: PG Rated

THE “Piers Gav”, as it is known, is now the coolest and most exclusive of Oxford University’s dozens of drinking societies.

It is also the most notorious.

Where the Bullingdon Club is famed for excessive drinking and criminal damage, the Piers Gaveston Society is noted for sexual excesses and, more recently, easy access to hard drugs.

There is no official membership but at the heart of the men-only club are about a dozen undergraduate “officers” devoted to “camp behaviour”, “ostentatious decadence” and a code of secrecy

Founded in 1977, the society is named in honour of the 1st Earl of Cornwall Piers Gaveston, the supposed gay lover of Edward II. 

The Sun. 

PS The society's motto is 'Fane non memini ne audisse unum alterum ita dilixisse' ['Truly, none remember hearing of a man enjoying another so much'].

PPS I am reliably informed they are known at Oxford for doing shitloads of coke. 

Hugo Rifkind, The Times - a most amusing piece.

1 comment:

  1. I doubt if it was formed as recently as 1977. In Glasgow there is an Indian restaurant called Killermont Polo Club. It affects, or used to affect when I used to dine there, the ambience of an old-fashioned gents' club, with old photos of ruggah teams, etc, on the walls. One ancient, possibly sepia, photo was labelled Piers Gaveston Society. I wondered whether the proprietors knew what they were doing in displaying that.