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Another look at St. Patrick’s Day in the Eighteenth Century

Would my ancestor have noticed an Irish connection on 17th March as he grew up in London in the middle of the eighteenth Century? Almost certainly, yes. Dean Swift in his Journal to Stella demonstrates that the wearing of crosses on this day was not confined...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 17 Mar 2016

Of windmills, riots and the cost of bread – 1766

I recently came across this Carington Bowles print on the wonderful Lewis Walpole site here. I was looking for images of windmills, and sure enough, there is one in the background. Otherwise it is a typically quiet rural scene – well, apart from...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 20 Aug 2015

A contented beggar goes to meet his Maker, November 1787

Idly leafing through back-numbers of The Gentleman’s Magazine (as one does) I came across this obituary from November 1787:           I rather like the idea of William Elliott living to 93, and recording that his happiest...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 25 Oct 2014

Beware the mountebank preying upon the vitals of the unwary!

“Mountebank” ( n):   A charlatan. According to Wikipedia (and we all know that to be the fount of all knowledge don’t we, boys and girls) the word apparently comes from the Italian phrase monta in banco – literally referring...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 4 Oct 2014

“English Coffee – so salubrious to the body.” A cure for everything…

I was intrigued by this advertisement in the Stamford Mercury, which appeared at the end of October 1777. I had not come across “English Coffee” before but I love the way that ‘unsolicited testimonials – genuine or otherwise – have long been...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 6 Aug 2014

See the fireworks at Astley’s Circus 9th May 1796 !

While doing some research for my book on Astley and his circus* I was intrigued by some of the newspaper advertisements – especially this one dating from May 1796, appearing in the Oxford Gazette. For a start it actually uses the  name “circus”...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 9 May 2014

An itch reveals all…… a lousy secret.

When idly perusing the newspaper reports from the 18th Century I occasionally come across stories which completely  distract me from whatever I was looking for. That is certainly true of this gem, from 1771. It appeared in the Reading Mercury & Oxford...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 25 Jan 2014

26th October 1776: disorderly conduct amongst the lower orders.

I came across this newspaper cutting from 1776 and thought how little has changed over the ensuing centuries: So, I think we can take it that there is nothing new in people of all ages going out on a Friday night and getting absolutely rat-arsed. (Or...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 26 Oct 2013

A crackling pussy – always good for seeing in the dark.

I have a terrible confession: I am not particularly a cat-person. That, against a background of knowing that a huge majority of my followers on Twitter are moggy-lovers! I don’t dislike cats: I just don’t understand them. Or rather, I didn’t...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 13 May 2013

Solomon Single’s Lonely Hearts Club Band….

There is nothing new about Lonely Hearts advertisements in magazines, as shown by this one from the March 1740 edition of the Gentleman’s Magazine:   “As your Paper is calculated for the Fair Sex, and comes to the Hands consequently of a great...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 26 Oct 2012