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John Rickman – the man who counted heads.

Some people count sheep to help them get to sleep – John Rickman counted people, over and over again. He was the driving force behind the country’s first census, in 1801, but also oversaw the following three censuses, in 1811, 1821 and 1831....
From: Georgian Gentleman on 10 Nov 2020

Captain John Ross and the search for the North West Passage, 1818

Having chosen a George Cruikshank  illustration in my last blog, here is another one, dating from 1819 and entitled ‘Landing the Treasures, or Results of the Polar Expedition!!!’  The background to it was the fact that in the 19th...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 27 Oct 2020

More Guinness please! Arthur Guinness (1725 – 1803) – a stout fellow if ever there was one.

This is the concluding part of my various blogs re-visiting some of my Irish-themed posts – a repeat of a post made seven years ago when I paid a visit to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin: As a young boy at boarding school (yes, thanks for reminding...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 30 Sep 2019

In memory of Mary Anning, fossil hunter extraordinaire.

Today I visited Lyme Regis and Charmouth to do a spot of fossil-hunting on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. It reminded me of the post I did a few years back on the remarkable Mary Anning, so I have dusted it off and here it is again: Today the spotlight...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 2 Jun 2019

Let’s hear it for Isaac Swainson, purveyor of that excellent tincture Velno’s Vegetable Syrup!

One of my all-time favourite Gillray caricatures is the excoriating image of the Prince Regent, bearing the title of ‘A voluptuary under the horrors of Digestion’. It is, in every sense of the word, gross, with its portrayal of the bloated...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 14 Apr 2019

The Bath Adonis – a man in a gorgeous waistcoat – and a penchant for married women…

One of the interesting characters I came across doing the research for my forthcoming talk to the Early Dance Centre was one particular Master of Ceremonies at the Upper Rooms in Bath. Captain William Wade had stepped into the breach after a contested...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 10 Feb 2019

Dr John Gill – an intellectual giant, and a towering figure in the Baptist movement. Died 14 October 1771

One of the problems in writing about my ancestor Richard Hall is that I do not have his Faith – Richard was a devout Baptist. I am not, and understanding what being a Baptist meant to Richard is clearly important. By the age of 16 he was attending...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 14 Oct 2018

Thomas Boulsover – a silver plated, coppper-bottomed Hero of the Revolution!

As part of my trawl through the backwaters of the 18th Century, looking for overlooked heroes to include in my forthcoming book** with Pen and Sword on ‘forgotten’ Georgian Greats, I came across the name of Thomas Boulsover. “Who he?”...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 2 Sep 2018

John Baskerville – a ‘terrible infidel’, a japanner – and a brilliant printer and type-face designer

(c) Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. I love the way that so many inventors in the Georgian era came up with what were basically fakes – and I will be featuring some of them in my next-book-but-two*. Imitation  stone (Eleanor Coade) imitation...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 15 Aug 2018

The ever-fragrant Elizabeth Cane, born 11 July 1750 – Foxy lady.

Elizabeth Cane was born July 11, 1750. Few will recognize the name but she was to become one of the most fascinating and notorious women of the century. Little is known about her early years but it is likely that she came to London when about sixteen,...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 11 Jul 2018

A fascinating forthcoming auction of Nelson Memorabilia at Sotheby’s – “Of Royal and Noble Descent”.

I see that there is an auction next week under the umbrella of the Sotheby’s series “Of Royal and Nobel Descent” – and with a whole host of Nelson memorabilia on offer it is bound to be of interest. The highlight, picked up in...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 11 Jan 2018

Blackbeard, the famous pirate, killed 22 November 1718.

Of all the pirates in the so-called ‘Golden Age’ none typified the image of the swash-buckling buccaneer better than Edward Teach – the man known to history as ‘Blackbeard’.  Much of what we know about his exploits comes...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 22 Nov 2017

Philip Thicknesse (part two) – died  19th November 225 year ago.

Philip Thicknesse – a miniature by  Nathaniel Hone, 1757 In yesterday’s post I looked at the earlier part of the life of Philip Thicknesse – today I wanted to show how his notoriety as a quarrelsome bully was reflected in contemporary...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 19 Nov 2017

The eccentric and argumentative Philip Thicknesse – a most unpleasant man (part one).

Philip Thicknesse painted by Thomas Gainsborough I can think of two good reasons to blog about Philip Thicknesse: the first was that he was a seventh son and I haven’t blogged about one of them since doing a piece on Alexander Selkirk. So, it gives...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 18 Nov 2017

16th November – remember the salutary tale of Jack Sheppard.

Had you been around in London this day in 1724 there is a one in four chance that you would have been in the procession (some two hundred thousand strong) wending its way in a carnival atmosphere towards Tyburn Hill, where the empty gallows were being...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 16 Nov 2017

D’ye ken John Peel – a reminder of the man behind the song: huntsman, died 13th November 1854.

John Peel, Cumberland farmer and keen huntsman.         Prudence suggests I preface my words with a confession: I am not here to express an opinion one way or another about hunting. I have never hunted, but have never sought to sabotage...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 13 Nov 2017

Another chance to remember John Smeaton (1724 -1792) – the country’s first civil engineer, died 28th October.

Apart from a vague memory that he had ‘something to do with lighthouses’ I knew nothing about Smeaton, and yet he really was a remarkable engineer, with incredibly diverse interests and achievements. He cut his teeth on wind mills and water...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 28 Oct 2017

th October 1814 – the death of a great showman.

203 years ago today, the death occurred in Paris of one of the greatest showmen of his Age – indeed of any Age. His name: Philip Astley. Forget Barnum, forget Bailey – a hundred years earlier than these giants of the...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 20 Oct 2017

Who wants to be a billionaire ? Let’s hear it for ‘Black Sam’ Bellamy, who died 300 years ago today.

I rather hope that the good citizens of the Devon village of  Hittisleigh will be out celebrating today – their most famous son,  Samuel Bellamy, went to meet his maker exactly three centuries ago, in a storm thousands of miles away. One...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 26 Apr 2017

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