Stray Chapters in Literature, Folk-Lore, and Archaeology

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 Excerpt: ... Thoms, in 1870, was the first to utter a historic doubt about the Yorkshire beggarman, and to show that there is really no reason beyond his own unsupported assertion to suppose him to have attained an age so patriarchal. About 1662 or 1663 he told Miss Anne Savile that he was then about 162 or 163, and ...
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Stray chapters in literature, folk-lore, and archaeology

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 Excerpt: ... Thoms, in 1870, was the first to utter a historic doubt about the Yorkshire beggarman, and to show that there is really no reason beyond his own unsupported assertion to suppose him to have attained an age so patriarchal. About 1662 or 1663 he told Miss Anne Savile that he was then about 162 or 163, and could "remember Henry VIII. and the battle of Flodden; that the King was not there, as he was in France, and that the Earl of Surrey commanded." "Being asked how old he was then he said 'I believe I might be between ten and twelve, for,' says he, 'I was sent to North Allerton with a horseload of arrows, but they sent a bigger boy from thence to the army with them.'" He further said that he had been butler to Lord Conyers, and remembered the Abbot of Fountain Abbey very well, "who used to drink a glass with his lord very heartily." Dr. Tancred Robinson adds that Jenkins in the latter part of his life was a fisherman, and used to wade in the stream, his diet was coarse, he was often at the York assizes, and had sworn to 140 years of memory. In 1667 he was a witness in a tithe case, and then gave his age as 157, so that instead of gaining in years he had been growing younger since his interview with Miss Savile, and in his deposition, so far from swearing to 140 years, he was content to say that his knowledge of the matter in dispute extended to "above threescore years," as might very well be the case. Thus the only evidences of the age of Jenkins are his own unsupported and varying declarations. The case ot Thomas Parr has acquired still greater celebrity. He is said to have been born in 1483, at Winnington, 'n Alberbury, and in the year 1635 was seen by the Earl of Arundel, who had him conveyed in a litter to London to...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150599026
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 76
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.16 (d)

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