By Nicholas Corder
The felony instances vividly defined through Nicholas Corder during this gripping booklet take the reader on a trip into the darkish mystery facet of Cumbria's lengthy background. The hills, villages and marketplace cities of this recognized panorama were the environment for a sequence of awful, bloody, occasionally strange incidents over the centuries. From crimes of brutal premeditation to crimes born of ardour or depression, the full variety of human weak spot and wickedness is represented right here. Swindlers, conmen, smugglers, pirates, baby killers, deserters, fraudsters, robbers and customary murderers humans those pages, besides their sufferers. There are descriptions of public executions and situations of notable household cruelty and malice that resulted in dying. Unforgettable neighborhood circumstances are reconstructed - the intense occupation of the imposter John Hatfield, the Whitehaven raid of John Paul Jones, the unsolved homicide of bad Lucy Sands, and plenty of extra. Nicholas Corder's chronicle of Cumbria's hidden...
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Furthermore, the gentlemen were to receive all rents and interest and pay them to his mother until her death, except for £500 which they were to give to Joseph Scrimshaw, natural son of his brother and for whom he stood as godfather. He also included £100 to his godson for an apprenticeship or trade he may think proper to go to. After his mother’s death they were to sell everything off and divide the proceeds between his brothers and sisters in equal shares. If they were dead, this money was to go to their wives and husbands and if they were dead to their children.
Mary Robinson had been something of a tourist attraction in the Lake District for some time. Joseph Budworth’s 1792 guidebook, A Fortnight’s Ramble to the Lakes, concentrates mainly on descriptions of the landscapes. However, he turned his pen to Mary Robinson with a description that was to make her name: Her hair was thick and long, of a dark brown, and though unadorned with ringlets, did not seem to want them; her face was a fine contour, with full eyes, and lips as red as vermilion; her cheeks had more of the lily than the rose; and although she had never been out of the village … she had a manner about her which seemed better calculated to set off dress, than dress her.
Whether Jones’s retreat was as clever and orderly as he suggests is uncertain. What is sure is that the population of Whitehaven was unlikely to have been greater than 9,000, that the panic occurred later when it had been established what had taken place and that Whitehaven was not then and is not now a city. This is perhaps nit-picking, but it puts into perspective some of the idealistic notions that have always coloured the Whitehaven Raid - notions that were spread by Jones himself in his memoirs.