I was born with strong passions, begins Bucks Memoirs a lively imaginative disposition and a spirit that could brook no restraint. I possessed a restlessness and activity of mind that directed me to the most extravagant pursuits; and the ardour of my disposition never abated until satiety had weakened the power of my enjoyment. From here on, the Memoirs entertain and take the reader on an amazing journey, from which they return with a heart-felt regard for the fun-loving Buck.
: Thomas Buck Jerusalem Whaley has variously been described as rake, a man-about-town and a gambler. In reading his Memoirs, it becomes clear that all these labels are justified. He jumped out of a first floor building and kissed the occupant of the first carriage he saw, walked to Jerusalem for a bet, squandered his fortune, and imported Irish soil to the Isle of Man to build his house upon in order to win a wager. Even his early death is surrounded by myth, saga and controversy.