An English man left £1.5million in his will to Irish republican party Sinn Féin – in a bid to snub the establishment.
Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald paid tribute to Billy Hampton describing the man as "rebel with a cause".
Mr Hampton died last year in Wales aged 82, and was living in a mobile home when he made a will leaving the substantial gift to Sinn Féin.
It is understood to be the largest ever known donation to a political party in Northern Ireland.
A friend told the BBC that Mr Hampton "is probably laughing in his grave right now, he'll think this is hilarious."
Ms McDonald said the money was bequeathed to Sinn Féin "within all of the rules and regulations and will be spent within the rules and regulations".
"I did not know Billy Hampton but judging from people who did know him he considered this to be a very robust statement against the political establishment.
"He obviously saw in Sinn Féin an organisation that is full square for Irish unity, for progress and for peace and prosperity in Ireland but also a party that stands full square against the political establishment," Ms McDonald added.
"I can only say Billy was a rebel, a rebel with a cause. He clearly shared our goals."
Ms McDonald said it would be "inappropriate to comment" on whether Mr Hampton had mental health issues.
In his early life Mr Hampton worked as a market trader in Rainham, Kent, fixing second hand drills at his stall called "Bill the Drill".
According to a report in the Guardian Mr Hampton wrote in the year 2000: “Having had mental problems, everyone thinks I am barking mad, a silly Billy goat, and don’t believe a word I say or write.
"Sorry, it was England that kicked me into the hands of Sinn Féin.”
He also reportedly left £1,000 to the veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner, who has since said he will not accept the money.
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