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Casualties of War

The Battle of Waterloo left 40000 men and 10000 horses dead on the field. Between cavalry, dragoons, officer’s mounts, and draft animals, the armies of the day were heavily dependent on horses, and so the horses also became casualties.  Among...
From: Kirby and his world on 11 Oct 2016

The Tale of Ismail Khairi Bey

In the mid-nineteenth century, Syria (which then included much of modern Lebanon) was under Ottoman rule, and it was a troublesome province with a restless population that did not always embrace Turkish dominance and taxes. The hinterlands of Ansyria...
From: Kirby and his world on 5 Sep 2016

The Bricklayers Labours

In 1734 and 1735, Robert Tatersal of Kingston-upon-Thames, spurred on by the success of Stephen Duck, produced two slim volumes of poetry, titled The Bricklayer’s Miscellany. The poems are on diverse subjects, but in “The Bricklayers Labours”...
From: Kirby and his world on 26 Jul 2016

Campbell on Bricklayers

In his London Tradesman, Campbell works through the building trades in Chapter 31, beginning with the architect and the stone mason, continuing: The Bricklayer comes next under our Consideration. He differs from the Stone-Mason as much as his Materials;...
From: Kirby and his world on 25 Jul 2016

Pigs ‘N Beer

April 15, 1778: We breakfasted, dined, supped and slept again at home.  Brewed a vessel of strong Beer today. My two large Piggs, by drinking some Beer grounds taking out of one of my Barrels today, got so amazingly drunk by it, that they were not...
From: Kirby and his world on 29 Mar 2016

Categories of Argument

John Tillotson (1630—1694) was an interesting person.  Born in Yorkshire in 1630, son of a Puritan clothier, he went up to Cambridge in 1647, graduating BA in 1650, MA in 1654, and becoming a fellow of Clare College.  Tillotson married...
From: Kirby and his world on 17 Aug 2015

But Not the Hippopotamus*

The Trimmer family ran a brickworks in Brentford (across the River Thames from Kew) for over a century. Digging for clay unearthed fossils and other interesting oddities.  Under the watchful eye of Joseph Banks, William Kirby Trimmer (1770—1811),...
From: Kirby and his world on 24 Jul 2015

Alexander Bayne on his family

The previous letter by Alexander Bayne was written in 1713, when he had just been (re)introduced to Mary Carstairs. They were soon married and lived, if not happily ever after, at least until death did them part. Here he is, writing twenty years later...
From: Kirby and his world on 5 Jul 2015

The Sparkler

Another letter of Alexander Bayne, written in 1713, is on a happier note: You may remember, I had a cousin and friend, that, two years ago, came to see me, and stayed some time in Lincoln’s Inn. With this gentleman, you must know, I have had a very...
From: Kirby and his world on 4 Jul 2015

On the Dangers of Sitting Too Much

Alexander Bayne (c. 1684—1737) was an amiable and cultured man, and the first professor of Scots law at Edinburgh University. Alas, his zeal for the position brought him physical ailments.  In a letter to a friend in March 1736, apologizing...
From: Kirby and his world on 1 Jul 2015

Voyage of the ‘Pearl’, 1849

George Morgan Clarke (1798—1849) was the second son of Charles Clarke. He married Caroline Maria Likely in 1826, but they do not appear to have had any children. At least, none were living with them at the time of the 1841 census. George Clarke was...
From: Kirby and his world on 1 Dec 2014

Pithy Wills

Anyone who spends any time with eighteenth-century probate soon becomes familiar with the lengthy, repetitive, legalistic phraseology that permeates the typical will and which, along with the difficult handwriting, makes reading them a painful and tedious...
From: Kirby and his world on 16 Nov 2014

Hogarth and the Elephantine Arch

In 1761, George III was crowned in Westminster Hall. As Master Carpenter of the Board of Works, one of William Oram‘s tasks was to construct and decorate a triumphal arch through which the King’s Champion would ride. A print of the arch was...
From: Kirby and his world on 10 Nov 2014

A Mystery Box

Reader Gina sends in these pictures of a painted antique wooden box in her possession. Because of the signature, she thinks it may have been painted by, or associated with, John or Joshua Kirby, but there is no detailed provenance. I have not seen or...
From: Kirby and his world on 9 Jun 2014

No Mathematics!

Trouble erupted at the meeting of the Chapter House Philosophical Society in January 1785 when one of its members proposed reading a paper on astronomy. The club had been formed in 1780 to discuss ‘Natural Philosophy in its most extensive signification’,...
From: Kirby and his world on 20 Jan 2014

Speaking without tongues

Henry Baker became interested in the case of Margaret Cutting who could speak clearly despite having no tongue, and he reported on the case in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Apparently, she had a cancer of the tongue as a young child,...
From: Kirby and his world on 7 Jan 2014

Old-Timer Marriage

In among the usual dismal round of war, diplomacy, and murder, the Ipswich Journal of August 28, 1736 reported an unusual marriage: Last Week a very extraordinary Wedding was celebrated at Maelsfield in Sussex, where the Ages of the Bride, Bridegroom,...
From: Kirby and his world on 28 Sep 2013

Eighteenth Century Aphorisms

I like this quote from Gainsborough’s friend William Jackson of Exeter. Jackson (1730-1803) was the organist at Exeter Cathedral and late in life published a book called The Four Ages, which also included essays on various subjects, including one...
From: Kirby and his world on 11 Sep 2013


Fire was a constant threat in London, where memories of the Great Fire ran deep. Since then, building codes had been improved in an effort to minimize the spread of a fire, but there were still frequent and devastating fires. This report, from the Ipswich...
From: Kirby and his world on 8 Jun 2013

Pernicious Stereotypes

Dr. Alexander Carlyle (1722—1805) was a Scottish religious leader. Towards the end of his life, he wrote an autobiography from which this extract comes. The young Alexander Carlyle is on a tour of regional vicars who are examining him. From him I went...
From: Kirby and his world on 7 Jun 2013

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