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Your search for posts with tags containing James Ross found 6 posts

January 24

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “RUN AWAY … A STOUT LIKELY NEGROE FELLOW, named TIM.” A dozen advertisements about enslaved men, women, and children ran in the January 24, 1770, edition of the...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 24 Jan 2020

“A British grenadier made prisoner”

In his History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment, of the Independence of the United States of America, in a section dated to late 1776, the Rev. William Gordon included this anecdote of the war:It happened, that a garden of a widow woman, which...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Aug 2016

Who was James Ross?

The fine Worcester artist and engraver, James Ross, has been mentioned in several blogs but we...
From: The Hurd Library on 6 Mar 2014

Scandalous misbehaviour below stairs

Some of Bishop Hurd’s domestic problems, when he was Bishop of Lichfield, were reported in our...
From: The Hurd Library on 5 Feb 2014

A naughty bibliophile?

Bishop Hurd’s nephew, young Richard (or Dickie as Alison calls him), did things to books which would horrify us now - writing notes in the margins and even sticking in extra material.  But what material! His copy of Treadway Nash’s  Collections...
From: The Hurd Library on 5 Nov 2013

Bishop Hurd and his hatchment

Alison and I had a treat yesterday afternoon - a trip up the tower of Hartlebury church to see the  hatchment made in 1808 to commemorate Bishop Hurd, who had died on 28 May.  The word hatchment derives from the French “achevement”, meaning...
From: The Hurd Library on 12 Jun 2013

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