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Is Dido Elizabeth Belle still buried at St George’s burial ground in Bayswater Road?

Today I am delighted to welcome an authority on the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, Etienne Daly, whose name you have probably seen in previous articles about Dido. As part of his research into her life he has been taking a closer look at her death, more...
From: All Things Georgian on 22 Jan 2020

Representation and Reality: Promoting the undertaking trade in late eighteenth century Bath

This guest post comes from Dr Dan O’Brien Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath. A man with closed eyes walking into a skeletal death figure, a group of anxious undertakers run after them. Coloured...
From: We-hang-out-a-lot-in-cemeteries on 6 Nov 2019

An eccentric Lincolnshire vicar

This is a man who just keeps on giving! We have previously looked at Samuel Oliver, the vicar of Whaplode church in Lincolnshire when Jo discovered his weather reports jotted down in the parish registers, then I found myself back there whilst researching...
From: All Things Georgian on 1 Oct 2019

Births, baptisms and burials

An Elizabethan baptism I wrote in 2014 about the documentary records of Shakespeare’s baptism at Holy Trinity Church on 26 April 1564. There’s a lot of confusion about the actual date of Shakespeare’s birth, but at the time it was the...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 26 Apr 2019

Buried beneath the mulberry tree

We have the following odd affair transmitted to us from Windsor, viz. That a few days ago there died at Portsmouth a person who had lived at Windsor for many years, and by his will order’d that a relation of his (to whom he had bequeathed his all)...
From: All Things Georgian on 19 Feb 2019

Drowning in the Seventeenth Century Parish Registers of St Giles Cripplegate

The parish of St Giles Cripplegate kept meticulous records of those it interred and was one of the earliest to start recording the known cause of each death in response to an Act passed in 1653. The population of St Giles Cripplegate was around 25-30,000...
From: We-hang-out-a-lot-in-cemeteries on 11 Feb 2019

Early eighteenth century body snatching

When people think of body snatching and the resurrectionists, it is often considered an early nineteenth century phenomenon and the two individuals who always come to mind are Burke and Hare, (although these men were no resurrectionists but simply serial...
From: We-hang-out-a-lot-in-cemeteries on 7 Nov 2018

Sensitive Services

The Perceptions of Pregnancy blog, like the Researchers’ Network, aims to reach beyond boundaries and borders, and to facilitate an international and interdisciplinary conversation on pregnancy and its associated bodily and emotional experiences...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 13 Oct 2017

Our Enduring Preoccupation with Premature Burial 

  Hours before he died, George Washington told his secretary: “Have me decently buried; and do not let my body be put into the Vault in less than three days after I am dead.” This kind of request was not uncommon. In an era when putrefaction...
From: The Chirurgeon's Apprentice on 15 Aug 2017

Soldiers of the Revolution

For the past couple of years, the focus of my Memorial Day remembrance has been the Revolutionary War soldiers of Salem, a rather forgotten lot when compared with their fellow veterans of more recent wars. There are seldom flags marking their graves this...
From: streets of salem on 29 May 2017

The Story of a man, of his diseased body and his grave (including his medallion)

Mr. H. whose identity will be revealed later. Born in Edinburgh in 1778, the eldest and first surviving of seven children, Mr. H. was a delicate child. He matriculatd at Edinburgh University and chose to study law, aspiring beyond that to public life,...
From: Leghorn Merchant Networks on 13 Feb 2017

“Our Changing Attitudes Towards Death” – in THE GUARDIAN

My article on the history of our ever-changing attitudes towards death is out in The Guardian today, featuring fascinating photos by Dr. Paul Koudounaris of the Ma’nene Festival of Corpses in Indonesia. Big thanks to Caitlin Doughty and Dr....
From: The Chirurgeon's Apprentice on 3 May 2016

The Ballad of Richard III

Richard III was reburied earlier today. Here’s a light-hearted poem I wrote after the discovery of of his body inspired a million television programmes:   BALLAD OF RICHARD III I come back into this world Again scarce half-made-up, An archaeological...
From: Tympan and Frisket on 22 Mar 2015

‘(Truth is ) the Daughter of Time': Josephine Tey and the ‘reputation’ of King Richard III

The topicality of writing about Richard III in the week leading up to the celebrations surrounding his reburial seems rather obvious- and possibly a bit of overkill, really- but nevertheless, in the hype surrounding the details of the events planned for...
From: renaissanceissues on 18 Mar 2015

Richard III’s final journey

Richard III It’s almost two years since it was announced live on national TV that the skeleton discovered under a car park in Leicester was indeed that of King Richard III, killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. I watched the whole of the press conference...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 31 Jan 2015

How to Stockpile Lobsters, 1660

Anne Vallayer-Coster, Still Life with Lobster (1781)"To keep lobsters a quarter of a year very good. Take them being boild as aforesaid, wrap them in course rags having been steeped in brine, and bury them in a cellar in some sea-sand pretty deep." Robert...
From: Ask the Past on 5 Dec 2013

'Vampire' burials that can change a research life

Anthropology PhD student and blogger, Katy Meyers, recently wrote of a symposium on The Odd, the Unusual, and the Strange: Human Deviant Burials and their Cultural Contexts arranged by the Canadian Association of Physical Anthropologists: '[Sandra]...
From: Magia Posthuma on 24 Oct 2013

Some things in life are free

Example from the register of St Catherine’s parish taken from, showing the baptism of a daughter to John Lee (brother of Robert Cooper Lee) and Mary Lord. It also shows the baptism of a legitimate child, the ‘bastard’...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 17 Aug 2013

Buried Alive: 19th-Century Safety Coffins

In 1822, Dr Adolf Gutsmuth set out to conquer his fear of being buried alive by consigning himself to the grave in a ‘safety coffin’ that he had designed himself. For several hours, he remained underground, during which time he consumed a meal of...
From: The Chirurgeon's Apprentice on 26 Jun 2013

Opening the Casket with Jeff Jorgenson, Funeral Director

It’s 5 o’clock in the afternoon and I’m sitting in a cocktail lounge in Bellevue, Washington—just outside Seattle. I’m awaiting the arrival of Jeff Jorgenson, owner of Elemental Cremation & Burial, an innovative business which provides families...
From: The Chirurgeon's Apprentice on 6 May 2013

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