Thomas Parr and the truth.

In June 1635 an old man was mowing hay in the fields he owned near his cottage. It was a sun filled noon and on came the Lord Earl Marshal of England and his guards all on proud fine bred horse. The man cutting grass looked up as the commotion of hooves and hens in the farm yard took his attention. The old man had been the subject of a portrait painted by Rubens in around 1620. The Earl, having manors around that part of Shropshire had been so informed that Rubens subject was still alive and a farmer freeman in the hamlet of Winnigton near Alderbury Shropshire England. The Earl Marshal  made the diversion to find this man.

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Out from his manly task in the fields Thomas Parr was called by his new daughter in law to attend to the visitors who seeked him.He was almost blind but Lucy Parr had married Thomas Parrs only son who had died  young. Thomas had asked her to stay on in the house having her own rooms. When Tom Parr had heard what the Earl had to say he was not happy. You See this chap wanted Tom to leave his hay cutting in good weather to travel to the other ends on the world. London was that far to a man who had spent his whole long life in the same cottage and lands and had never gone beyond the town of Shrewsbury 14 miles away. Then over time he talked old Parr around. The King had wished to meet Tom Parr and in doing so would aid the Earl in pleasing the King in all matters. The titles of this Earl Marshal of England was Earl of Arundel and Earl of Surrey  also Lord of Norfolk. He was not to be put off by the chides of a simple farmer who had labored hard all his life

On leaving now the journey was being planed Arundel took to study and all church records he took to find the truth. Parr had been the subject of much interest when he was painted by the world famous Royal artist Rubens only owing to the fact he was aged 140 then. Now aged 152 The Earl had serious research to complete before he could risk introducing this man to his King and Queen in London. This King was not a  man to let down. King Charles the first was not a nice chap he believe he was sent from God to rule with Divine Right. We removed his head later in a bloody civil wars that ended with his death in Whitehall London January 1649.

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However all was found to be true and Arundel had the birth record that was custom of the church of Rome to record a child at birth and so baptism and parents listed and had checked all with Rome and the Church of England.

Thomas was made ready to be passenger behind the horse in a low slung cart on the long roads to the big city. He was nearly blind and many came to see him, .touch him and try for souvenirs from his hair or his clothing. The guard that the Earl had placed with the procession was Brian Kelly who protected the old man as best he could but the mob pressed harder until Kelly fired his pistol in the air and which allowed a way through the crowds. This really shook old  Parr up.

They traveled from Shropshire over to Wem then to Sheffnal , both towns belonged to Arundel though he did not ride with them he gave his own staff and a joker called John to help relax the ancient man. We know they came through Birmingham and down to Coventry but here again the hoards of people who had heard the news flocked to see old Parr. Mobs came from all directions and Kelly as leader had so much to do to stop Parr being smothered under the mass of bodies crawling over each other to touch the venerable old man. It was said by the Stuart Chronicler that “The vulgar are so greedy to hearken to ,or gaze after novelties.”

Kelly provided us with a detailed report that still exists today in the Arundel papers of that period of history.

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When Tom Parr arrived in the Capital he must have been spell bound .The sights and stench of London was a far cry from the fresh air of the provinces.The Earl Marshal greeted him and housed him at his own expense in a boarding house in a crowded side street. With Lucy to look after him Parr was happy singing old songs of his youth.We are told that Lucy joined in with the bits she knew of his songs. By now it is likely that Tom Parr was truly blind. He slept for days and Lucy became concerned. The Earl was called for and a doctor was called to attend Parr. His verdict was the old man was exhausted and the foul air from the human waste in the streets had been the cause of his malady.

We know from Harveys examination of Tom Parr in death gave pneumonia as the cause of death. Harvey had just given the world the blood system and how it worked so we may be sure he knew what had killed this brave old chap.

This King could not be hurried and he kept poor Tom away for some 3 months at the Earls own cost.

 

 

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Thomas Parr cottage, no longer there,  I have a stone from its walls.

The meeting , when it finally came had the haughty King ask Tom ,” You have lived far longer than any other man so what have you done more?”  Tom ably replied That he had married a girl when he was 80 and had to do church punishment in a white winding sheet asking pardon of all the congregation outside the village church. The king was horrified and quickly dismissed the old fellow. Though to Tom it was his best of life tale.

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Parr had married at age 80 a 24 year old Katherine Milton. from this union they had two children but both died young.It was recorded a love match.

After meeting with king Charles old Tom had been carried back in fear of his life . he died in the night with Lucy at his side and Arundel  apologized to him .In fact The good Earl had as good as signed the old mans death warrant by putting him through all of this and then to be fobbed off by the King he had come to see.

Some historians today say that Parr was only 100 as some mix up with the family records and he may have been using his grandfathers papers from 1483?  I say a man such as the educated Earl Marshal of England risking all the impress his King would have indeed not risked a mistake. Thomas Parr had no such reason to lie and his memory of hearing the news that King Edward 1V had died takes this man back through the reign of King Charles to his father King James to Queen Elizabeth to Mary to Edward V1 to Henry V111 to Henry V11 to Richard 111 to the King Edward that Parr talked off as hearing the news that  the loved King had died.

We know that Hungarian herdsman lived to 145 with out ridicule or doubt. My poor relative lived from 1483 to 1635 and Arundel gave up his tomb space in Westminster Abbey to bury the old chap he had treated so badly as to bring him to London in the first place. It is clear it was his death by doing so.  No one can disprove that Tom Parr was 152 no more than they can say he lied. If Arundel said he was I believe he was correct and on top of that  paper exists, to my knowledge, that gives us even Parr grandfathers name never mind his birth date. a nation that instead of being happy we have the oldest man in the world as English born seem only happy to try to discredit him.They cannot but the way they do it is for fame for themselves but not one ever replies to my question, How do you know?  You can be sure I traced Arundel papers and read them well. Thomas Parr was the oldest recorded man in history if you discount Methusala .

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Yours with love Sir Kevin.

Copyright Sir Kevin Parr Bt.Sept  2018

 

The truth behind Rob RoyMacGregors legend.

History dictates a tale of the man called Robin Hood of Scotland. Sir Walter Scott magnified his life as that of a hounded saint crossed with a noble lovable rouge. Even Scotland seems to raise him high as hero. The movies did bring Rob roy to public eye again and made Liam Neeson the hero of the screen. The sad bits echoed as his dead kind poor wife was raped by a swords Master out for Robs head. Then the thief who robbed him and the fight if his life to finally win over the bastard swordsman in justice for having his wife Rob Roy brings down his great claymore sword and slices off the others shoulder through the neck.

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Lovely film but entirely rubbish as Sir Walter Scott also made a hero of Rob Roy in that book of that name. in truth Rob Roy was able to talk people into joining him. A real smooth operator and able to con his way past troubles by confidence tricks so well no one knew he lied. Yes a charming man at times if he wanted something from you that is.

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Born 1671 in Glen Gyle near Loch Katerine Sterlingshire Scotland  his father Pale Donald Mac Gregor was an English army Lieutenant Colonel under King Charles 11. Later he retired to farm cattle. Rob was born Raibert Ruadh McGregor of Clan Gregor.

Evidence has been found to show that Rob Roy was the best sword player in Scotland. Able to fight with a claymore of heavy iron for hours. He had tracking skills in the mountainous native area of he loved and could seek as well as hide better than any man. But then we discover he was also a good cattle rustler and a conman too. In 1715 he raced to join the forming army of loyal Jacobites .These men and often women had the idea to restore King James to the throne and rid us of the German king. This action was treason in law even if it was the best plan about. Rob Roy then reported all to the English King and was paid well in gold coin. He bought more land to farm cattle.His ploy was to be the humble peasant whom was being done down by the mighty powerful. Many felt sorry for him then he drew you in to be his helper in robbery making it justified by the tale of how they took it all off him. Eventually they did.

 

 

 

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his loyal wife Mary had grown up near Rob Roys  lands and was his first cousin and also a MacGregor. She was not touched as the bladesman in the movie was fiction. no sex crime was done against her. True that in dealing with a loan from the Duke Robs aid vanished with the payment. The Duke of Montrose and gaming friends gave him no time to repay and so made him an outlaw thinking it was justice for the gold coinage the King had given Rob Roy for selling out so many lives.

 

Rob Roy made money by con and knew cattle and how to steal them but the rich nobles had claimed his land in court. He hit them hard in robbery and became an even greater confidence trickster in card play.

Rob died by natural cause and his grave is not known. His wife has a grave listed as hers and across the front it carries the message “MacGregor despite them all.” speaks volumes.

I say Robs grave is unknown as we know that his fathers grave is in Balqhidder Churchyard and so many think his son is buried alongside him. No proof is found to support that tale. Rob Roy died in his bed we do know that in 1734 aged 63.

sir Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh Scotland 1771 died at his home at Abbotsford in the Scottish borderland in 1832 bankrupt. So no way could both men have met as suggested by some.

images_017The statue of Rob Roy Macgregor. Nothing like the man himself as he is wearing the kilt which was but a Victorian invention of national dress by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria consort and husband. The true version wore the plaid cloth all around him in one piece like a blanket with a belt .It was the way it was draped that made it look good.

 

Many say Rob Roy was a lovable villain but in fact we now know he was a dangerous man in more ways than one.

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Grave in churchyard but no sign of Rob Roy as it is his parents grave.He may be with them but its not recorded as so. with Campbell blood in his Gregor clan and from his mother he could charm the birds from off the trees. He could be buried any place in that area of mountains and lakes I do know so well as a walker in my youth all over the borderland between my native England and the Scottish foot hills. Abbotsford House I visited twice to see the Scott collected library.

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Rob Roys wife Mary Mac Gregor and her lasting message.

Pity as I have read Scotts novel and finding otherwise was a bit heart breaking.Then should have known it as his father was English army through and through. Sad ending for the Jacobite cause that ended in a blood bath with the capture of the Earl of Derwentwater as he rested his men and horses in Bolton Lancashire on his way south to join the Rebel army. It went on and on until Prince Charles Edward Stuart made the worse mistake in history in 1745 marching through to Derby and leaving London open to greet him. Another real live mystery we may investigate later in time. However that cause died along with tired men against cannon and the German Kings English army at Colloden Moor near Inverness and the real Highlands. Prince Charlie vanished back to Rome.He died a total drunk.

I hope reading these facts you are not so disappointed as I was searching for the truth.

Yours faithfully and with love ,Sir Kevin.

 

Copyright Kevin Parr Bt 2018.

 

The Vampire murder Case

In the month of May 1932 a murder took place that shocked the Swedish Police Force and although never solved it is one of the mystery cases that involve the Vampire legend as all the victims blood was drained using a soup ladle.

The remains of Lilly Lindstrom

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In her flat in a block set in the area of Atlas in Stockholm Sweden the body of Lilly

 

Lindstrom was discovered by police on her bed face down naked. Her clothing neatly folded on a chair near her bed.

She was a divorcee aged 32 who had fallen into the sex trade as a known prostitute. Having missed her friend fellow prostitutes had phoned police who found that her door was locked and her death had occurred some 50 hours prior. what they found was shocking as a soup ladle still containing blood was on the floor near the bedside.Lilly lay face down drained of blood.  No trace of blood found any place other than of that ladle. It was a mystery that will not vanish as the case is famous and now cult kept to live on.

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The bed she was found dead on in her tiny flat.

In Sweden Stockholm the area she lived in was near Sankt Eriksplan where today a police museum keeps the case on record. Then in 1932 no DNA so even though the body was licked by her killer who had had sex with the victim before killing her by many blows to the back of head nothing could be of any use those days.Also a used condom was found inside her rectum. The verdict today would have been totally proved as to the killers identity but back then he walked with today still a mystery as to how was the vampire (in mind) who killed her? The motive unknown only the victims blood tells a tale that has no ending. It seems Lilly had a nickname she was called THE Call GIRL, not because of her trade but as she had the only telephone in that block of many flats that she resided in. Seems many used that phone but none was her killer.

Vampires are legendary in certain countries it is believed that Vampires exist to this day graves are opened and wood stakes driven through the dead heart of once loved ones who are suspected of returning to drink the livings blood and make them in return Vampires.

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When in  1897     English author Bram Stoker published his tale of Vampires at Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire UK He called his subject Count Dracula and the fear of attack by this evil spread all over England and only abated as the people became more educated owing to the School laws.

Hammer House of Horror was a TV show that thrilled us in the 1960s with actors fighting evil in English manor houses and villages all over England. Such talent as Oliver Reed started out here so to  Bates. Vampires abounded on movie themes such as Christopher Lee in The Devil Rides Out. Lee a secret Government Nazi catcher and agent until the age of 25. He took up acting. Tall and strong he lead all films he made. He was the man with the nerve of steal even in real life.

As to the end of case it is really still on investigation as her killer never seemed to be thirsty again as no other case of blood sucking came to the fore.

In researching this case I met an abrupt dead end so decided to search for facts on nay other similar case files existed. In this I talked with a medical gent over blood being intake by a human from a dead human. I was so informed that if performed as 8 pints ingested by the killer police would be looking for a dead man. As to do this blood drinking would certainly finish the killer off within hours of the act as it cannot be done medically, humanly with such an amount of live blood never mind the dead womans blood.

On this I offer only that the sale of blood may have paid the killer to sell for plasma so he may have drained her live and killed her properly later.  I do know that bodies in the Rhine river drained of blood led to people selling blood to doctors and hospitals in Germany in the 70s until law had to be changed.

Some evil humans will stop at nothing to make cash. Drugs now are the excuse used to take no action in law against the drugged thief. If you knowingly use drink or drugs and kill or steal you are still guilty,in my book, of a crime. Maybe hard but if you had suffered under this you may understand my feelings.

Vampire killings are not common but many cases exist of this sort. Here are listed a few real classic sad cases.

In 1609 Countess Elizabeth Bathony, a member of the Royal family of Hungary, was caught drinking the blood of her dead servant. Things became confused. She had caused the deaths of some 650 women in her life to then. All were servants to her and nearly all had water thrown at them and set to live out side of her mansion in deepest winter naked. It caused the deaths of may such women. She would then nibble of their bodies.

When she took a fancy to a noble lady who came to visit that game was up. Trying to rid herself of the copse she was caught red handed bathing in her blood. She was executed in 1609.

The case of the Vampire of Hanover.

Fritz Harrmaan  was perhaps the worlds first know serial killer.Between the years 1918-1924 he manged to murder 24 know people by biting through the neck ans drinking blood. he was caught in this act and executed in Gothingen Germany April 25th 1925 making world news. It is said that he thought himself a 700 year old Vampire. His head and heart cut out and now on show in that city museum. it seems he was believed.

Richard Chase. Life long fascination with blood brought him to kill on 6 counts of murder. Sacramento 1977 to end of 1978 Chase murdered, dismembered, and drank the blood of at least six known victims selected at random. .He took his own life in custody.

Josephine Smith in USA told a 69 year old homeless man that she was hungry for his blood and was going to eat him. She bit large holes in his face and arms before the man managed to effect escape his cries heard by passers buy had Smith found covered in his blood still chewing but had no recollection of what had happened when police arrested her. The man survived with lips gone face so badly eaten and arms in holes to the bone that amazed hospital surgeons.

We could go on with 40 more similar case files but enough here to show that so many believe them selves to be Nosferatu  was a 1922 classic horror movie about Vampires. It is something in the mind of the truly insane as it is merely voodoo . Vampire bats but not human Vampires just mentally disturbed killers beyond the help of mankind.

Vlad the Impaler was thought to be the first of a long line of vampires. Vald was the Royal Prince in Transalvannia in the middle ages.He was a warrior with evil intent as his blood lust brought him to lance his enemy and have his men balance the man on the lance point set in the ground supported by many other lances set into the body on top of  a tent on lances the blood running down like a shower he bathed in. His fame spread fast so no doubt his enemy kept well away. Ever since the county had cashed in with tourism and why not as morbid fascination with vampires and evil seem to lurk deep down in the mind of many if the film industry is anything to go by most of us are ready to watch a vampire movie. What then is it that so draws the people watch such rubbish? Promotion adverts or just something latent with in us to know the truth? From ancient cave man days our children are scared of the dark. It is the unknown that haunts us all . in caves primitive man was venerable to wild animal attacks so being scared in the dark had real meaning for them.

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The hunter is out there sort of fear. It comes to us when young through some 40 million years of mans development and the Vampire only appeared in the 15th century in Eastern Europe. That fear of the unknown is what we face daily as life involves us in a test. We are only human and so are still growing in knowledge but this is a slow progress on a sharp learning curve. So Vampires are the built up fear perhaps we invent to feed that desire to be punished. The Church tells us that we are tempted by the Devil but to me man is his  own devil. Church is but an empty building at night. God is within mankind made in his likeness then if so the mind is the battleground between God and his devils .is this the root cause of madness in mankind.?  Could it be why such people come out as killers to be vampires and so the mind is disturbed twisted and deformed out of shape that gives us these facts that are the base level of mankinds evil. Vampires are not in the darkness not in the daylight they are shadows hiding in the mind of some more than in others. Like the fear of falling the fear of darkness and all the fears of childhood none are in fact real in daylight. So fear is fear not truth. It is rust upon the blade we are.

Hope you can see my point and thank you for your replies.

Yours with love Sir Kevin.

Copyright Kevin James Parr Bt 2018.

Who wrote Shakespeare?

Well! yes doubt was always in my mind as how a boy with no education never attended any school on record in his own town of Stratford upon the Avon river in deepest Midland England. We know he was a trouble maker recorded as one with two other boys stealing from the local big wigs garden soft fruits. He was at best a butchers boy but even doubt full he was part of that family. He ran to London with nothing and started out cleaning out stables for an in inn nearby the  Swan theater. After that no record of what this boy did. I will not speculate as how he arrived as actor but we can guess.

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A group of novice actors made good and good enough to go before the Queen to perform a best play given to them by a patron called Earl of Southampton . The actors chose the name the Kings Men for future performances of their trade.

We move on to Southampton  who as a noble was friendly and part related to Edward De Vere who as the Earl of Oxford had connections to the throne. Indeed he had as a youth carried part of the canopy over Elizabeth as new Queen of England at her coronation. He now at 20 was a dashing blade and the Queens ambassador to Italy.

In fact in Oxfords short carrier he was ambassador to England in six European countries. All of them mentioned in the plays.  The story legend of Romeo and Juliet under more Italian names goes far back to 12th century in story form. Oxford was present In Verona as guest to a rich Merchant who wanted trade with London. Carlo Persitino we know him as. This play unfolded it was Oxfords wish to write it up later as a play for his cousins Kings men to perform. It was Oxford who changed the end to tragic death when he came up with the title we all know as Romeo and Juliet.

Back home in London the Earl of Southhampton presented his men as patron the un named play to perform. As no woman was allowed on stage back then only men acted as women but never the less that play was an instant victory for the Kings Mens .

People started to ask who wrote the plays performed on after the other as hits for the pubic pleasure. Southampton could hardly say his cousin Oxford was the author. Then it was not done as a noble to be involved with actors or write books or play for the common people. In fact if caught a few years in the tower might stop you writing anything. It was seen as a base profession by all.

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Edward De Vere 17th Earl of Oxford who wrote all the Shakespeare plays himself

In the places visited by Oxford in his duties the castle of Elsinor in Demark he was lodged and wrote that play Hamlet on hearing on the blood feud of long ago between a fathers brother and his Princely nephew.

The only play we know he most truly penned as proof showed it caused a scene. It was later the play performed on the London stage in the name of William Shakespeare.

What happened ,well! Edward De Vere Earl of Oxford died young. I believe the Kings Men had been informed by their patron the Earl of Southampton of the fact someone must take credit for the plays and sonnets in Southamptons  keeping. Did Oxfords goods after death go to his family and so his cousin had the plays out of fear by Oxfords own family that reprisals may follow then after the funeral? Both Earls had lived as boys with Elizabeth I own minister Cecil as orphan both of them after each fathers death.

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The company of actors may have seen high tax demands so gave the lowest man the job of being  a play write.

Wriothesley-8Henry Wriothesley pronounced Risly ,3rd Earl of Southampton born 6th October 1573 died in Netherlands 10th November 1624. Buried with his sons in Essex England. it was he who was patron to the arts.

If  this is what happened and I do think it did then it explains all.

If today ,this day, look at the only signature of William Shakespeare known to us one can see it is not the hand of  an educated man but a flow and stop scrawl. Almost like a childs attempt at cursive writing.

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Stratford upon Avon today 2018. so many of these 600 hundred year old homes have survived war and strife and stand as proud in many towns and villages all over the country. England was a garden in my youth.

 

If Southampton handled the office side for his Kings men it again will explain how Shakespeare went home to buy a farm as a rich man. If he had have been that cleaver he would have bought a nobles estate but then was it his patron who advised so he had income after leaving the actors group.

An actor I really like called Derek Jacoby suggested this on radio interview many years ago and I felt honored he mentioned it. It was my school hood  dream to prove this case then on he came to re enforce my dream as truth. it always astounded me that a man who had never left England could have described the Castle of Elsinor interior without ever leaving his seat.. Then I started digging into records my love of it taking over my head until I found it. De Vere was in all places that the plays are set. It is beyond any doubt that De Vere wrote them all. He was know for the sonnets he wrote even in his youth.Sadly none of these remain. After his early death those plays found a way into an actors hands. I leave you to think this out . May be you believe Will Shakeshaft ( Shakespeare did write the plays? I am certain he did not. Today the group whom I support all think its right that Oxford wrote all of what is listed as Shakespeare.

 

 

 

Thank you for being with me on this search.The findings may alter history but the truth must come out eventually as some as of me do see my point.  May be I am not the first to come to this decision may not be the last but when aged 12 I saw it as so not one historian would admit I was right. Times have changed and before long all the world will know Will Shakespeare that boy from Stratford who went back to Stratford to farm and die was a lucky man indeed. May all glories now be seen as Edward de Vere who wrote every word of every play and sonnet and gave them all away to providence and another mans name. Maybe why no one wish to paint his portrait then. For what we have in large folder none of then are of the same man. The one genuine painting be believe was done in life is the black and white sketch like painting in the mid section of this article. Then even that may not be so .No one can agree as to who Shakespeare even was. Many say that De Vere was broke and sold the plays to his own company of players that included Shakespeare. I have even been told that De Vere was a cruel man but no place have I found him so to be. I think he died aged 54 so he was alive when the big plays went on stage. Then how could he have said anything as the plays are so political with facts of events even then if we include such as the Tempest. This play was all about a know Government ship wreck that took place less than 5 years before this play came to focus on the London stages. Richard the third was a pack of lies just to please the then Queen Bess who was the granddaughter of the victor of Bosworth King Henry Tudor. Some of the plays really hit the bone with a sledge hammer. it was a risky business performing plays that were so pointed at certain know figures. De Vere would have been jailed later by King James 1 As in truth he had sat on the committee and voted for the execution of King James mother Mary Queen of Scots.

If crucked legged Jim  had know this and the fact that this was also the man who had penned MacBeth De vere would not have survived the meeting.  De Vere was happy it seems that Shakespeare ruled the stage. We know that De Vere wrote sonnets but none survive to say more. Lots of young university graduates such as De Vere and Southampton had indeed written poems and sonnets but as long as no books or plays no one bothered to buy them Unless of course published.

This is how both nobles who had lived with Lord Burley as children owing to the death of families came to love the arts. Burley of course was Cecil the wisdom behind the throne as Elizabeths chief minister. If those who say Shakespeare wrote his own plays on that plays new performed after De Veres death. Then how many did Oxford give his actors. To me if he gave all of his works then he may be dead plays of Oxfords could have gone on for many performances after. it is interesting that Shakespeare vanished back to Stratford on Avon not long after De Vere died ir seems but hard it is to locate his departure from the stage. Only that he appears  as farmer in the census two years as a profitable Gentleman farmer in Stratford area. One must say to make profit on farming is a life times job so how long was he there before he was caused to be counted? If that came be established we can see just how long he survived after the Earls demise.

Yours Sir Kevin Parr 14th Baronet.

Copyright Kevin Parr Bt. 2018

The days of youth and the mechanical elephant ride.

Chester England 1953 .Chester zoo one of the biggest Northern English park and zoo in the world.  Here , at my parents feet on a day out in hot July weather we drove for a day of adventure. In the zoo the Victorian mechanical elephant named Jumbo took me on a ride along with other children on each side of the back of this wonderful attraction. The cost as about one shilling a ten minute ride around some of the outside enclosures of penguins and sea lions. Parents looked on as the ride wobbled from one side to other gently progressing on its way to impress each passenger from a high saddle in the air. It was thrilling at that age being 4 years of age. It was noisy I recall as parts driving the beast made old by the passage of time grinding together inside the outside skin of some sort of rubber. On that saddle it was some 7 feet off ground. My father watched in awe and told me later that it seemed dangerous to him to ride it as it sounded really as it was breaking up. Next time we went I was around 10 and Jumbo had passed into retirement. No one really knew where it was nor seemed to care as it was not missed by insurance brokers backing the zoo on public dangers. Yes rolled by all forgotten I took my sisters children to that same zoo costing so much these days. We had a good walk around but now it seemed sad to cage wild animals.The reptile house took president with the children and best was the enclosure of desert Mearcats bob up and down vanishing in harmony into the holes in ground then in long line reappearing to watch us heads turning same way like the crowd watching Wimbledon tennis match.

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8e365fc62b28a9736900e79f72010be4--vintage-photography-vintagJumbo by Frank Stuart 1949  Essex. England.

I made enquiry   from the reception out of interest about jumbo. Explained all but the youth of 23 had not a clue as to my question , or indeed any single knowledge of the subject. Jumbo was no more that was a fact now the mystery begins.

in research I begin to see that long ago when Queen Victoria visited London zoo a mechanical  ride was there on view. So it seems mechanical rides made in many zoos all vanished around same time as jumbo. 1956-60.  Too costly to repair too dangerous in the eyes of zoo insurance groups most likely. Then what happened to the Victorian elephant rides is my question. Ingenious and life like many of them to the eyes of a boy who wanted only another ride on jumbo before that boy hastened into man hood. We know will try to trace the way they all went. Jumbo from the zoo went to North Wales and served for rides another decade before being scrapped. The Essex Jumbo was stored in a car garage until Frank Stuart died. The new owner bought the house but Jumbo had vanished. Some one out there must know what happened to this master piece made in 4 years from 9000 parts by its inventor and the end product presented in 1949 served from 1950 as an attraction on the Essex lanes giving local children rides. Stuart had even paid to licensed Jumbo to use the roads. Had it insured and had it serviced at home. It was no doubt the talk of that area in the days of yore when such things could be done and licensed.  An era of splendor a world of innocence just after the horrors of World war.

It was perhaps a magical time to have been a child. Nothing was impossible then to do. What happened after was no where near as fascinating ever. Rules of safety big brother watching and the nanny state replaced freedom. That is what happened. As for all the jumbos that thrilled us then ,sadly nothing now exists outside of memory. I hope the photos help understand what the value of such would be today in this world of electronics high technology and space? Then to us void of all this Jumbo was extraordinary and magical. Driven by wheels chains and momentum eventually being fitted with gas engines and using the exhaust as the trunk smoke filtered out and all said Jumbos gasping. Children then so grateful for anything as sweets on ration clothes on ration food in shortage after the war we had no sugar no real toys that could not be made by parents. i was far luckier my parents back from service and with us made a world of plenty for us. Yet I grow up happy and with values and open kindness for the many days and love of peoples who have helped to make me see we need each other more than we will ever know. The days of yore are long gone and here this moment with all we have will anything ever be as magical to the youthful mind as jumbo, ever again.

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Jumbo from Chester zoo then traced to North Wales coast around 1959. After that gone forever. he may not have been so well made as Frank Stuart  made  but in my day as boy this chap was  just wonderful it moved by its own device without the rider by a switch system at its rear. as you can see the ride fare here had deflated by 50 % . My thought is the owner could not have made it pay to do this work. Exit Jumbo hello factory employment as many car plants and electric light bulb manufacturing offered well paid full time employment which paid far better than mechanical rides ever did.  Jumbo here looks totally faded next to his duty life as Chester Zoo days. i doubt if anything of him is left to show he existed. Like the times both are only memories.

God bless you all this day and forever more.

 

 

Sir Kevin taking you back in time to show you one day in a  childhood and how innocent those days next to now.

Copyright Kevin James Parr Bt 2018

 

 

Hendrick Van Der Decken the Flying Dutchman Legend examined.

“Harken unto me the Flying Dutchman is no Lie.:

Words printed in a book written long ago in time written by Sea Captain Fredrick Maryatt from England. It was some 60 years before that the legend first came to light of a ghost ship that sailed through eye of storm trying to land but vanishes before hand. Its sails ripped and torn the ships bell wildly ringing and its Captain  strapped to the wheel cursed by the Devil to sail forever the high seas of the Cape.

Many sailors swear they have seen the ship race at them in full sail but vanish before the ships collide. Old stories from my youth in the company of men with faces cracked by sea salt winds and hands like old oak knots with barnacles as fingers. It was a port that rang of legends. Liverpool that rang with the over head railway and royal docks built my great grandfathers own factories made bricks.  It was heady and grand with the smell of engine oils and cries of sailors from every port in the known world.  Ships that had sailed all seas and mariners that came from the pages of Dickens. Gas light green on the cobbled roads that had felt the tread of Queen Victoria and Gladstone and had brought in King Cotton in the holds of fast clippers .That was my youth and University life in the city that had everything and guitars came of the never never and all could make up songs.

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Now I investigate the truth as far back as I am able without made up legend just the bare boned facts.

When skipping through old ships logs I came across H.M.S Bucchante and a report that stood out like a sore thumb. It would have been passed over if not made by a Midshipman who became King George V of England. His report is that a ghostly ship crossed the bow while he was on watch. Some 13 witnesses back this up. The report simple states that the Flying Dutchman crossed the bow of H.M.S Bucchante. This was in 1881 so would a Prince lie? If so he would be mocked but he thought it his duty to report his findings. Out of the 13 witnesses to seeing the ghostly apparition of another ship come so close across her bows that the man on deck with the Midshipman Prince included men and officers. I cant take this lightly as they really believed what they saw was really terrifying stuff.

So determined to go much deep now I searched for more details on the Dutchman.

In 1939 dozens of people at Glencairn Beach in Capetown South Africa reported seeing a ship in full sail race at them in the water at such speed and some saw the ghostly vision of the  Captain but it melted away before it reached the shore.

Then we come to Nazi Admiral in charge of U-boat invasion of shipping in the English channel out to the roaring Atlantic in 1942. His report states they saw the Flying Dutchman sail between them in full charge as clear as day. Admiral Karl Donitz reported this to Hitler.

In 1835 a British navy vessel came into near collision with an old sail ship with tall sails.  At the last second as the wheelhouse spun the ship around to avoid contact the great vessel flying Dutch colours simply vanished. This led to newspaper cover with many stated witness reports along side article. Wagner wrote his opera of the Flying Dutchman legend in 1841 after reading this news.

Now I gave all I had in time to find the origin of the tale. It really relates to The Dutch East India Company who had a Captain lost at sea but no more details concerned with how it happened. His name was Hendrick Van Der Decken who they think went down with his ship somewhere between port in Holland and the Cape in 1641.

If this is the start of the legend as I am certain it is then we can say we have the first real facts before us.

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All stems from this Captain in time and detail it is our man. Is it he who sails the sea forever trying to reach land? Is it he who all report to have witnessed racing by them or even at them and vanishing before impact ? Do ghosts exist and is the Flying Dutchman bound to sail the high seas forever bound to his ships wheel?  Well! no smoke without fire and if even the King of England believed the legend what can I say to conclude other than some things are never made for humans to know the answer. For me I have faith that he somehow made contact with evil in life. Real evil and his spirit is not at rest.

The Flying Dutchman is the dead Captain not the altering description of his ship. Therefore it accounts for six different story details of vessels seen. Lighthouse keepers over the centuries at Cape Point lighthouse have record seeing the Dutchman coming out of the mist in various types of old sailing vessels. One account of 1900 gives a chilling tale of watching the Flying Dutchman appear out of a storm that followed him across the wide view of the stormy sea in broad daylight they saw the ship for some minutes before it vanished.

So what old salty Sams told a school boy long ago was not the myth I believed I was being told by expert sea faring men who had sailed before the mast on old sail ships before I was even born.

A ghostly ship in a storm they told me. The Dutchman was coming for them who had died at sea. It was their belief and I was honoured to hear it from the horses mouth. I am forced to say I do believe it exists. Over my life I have sought answers never bare to be fobbed off with lies I wanted only the bones of fact in everything ever done. I have come to the stage that I believe we are here to be tested properly and if we pass being kind and gentle with Gods creatures and see that we are only a spirit housed in flesh and bone and blood as a frame to stay on earth. Then love our brothers and sisters helping all when we are asked then perhaps we can be forgiven for the odd nasty thought. The fact that ghosts may exist are I thought time travel people from the future. Then what do i know only that we see some things at times that make us see beyond the curtain and changes all we thought.

the Flying Dutchman is but  a sad wretch in hell for eternity.  I think that men who served at sea know far more than me and I in truth will not see them mocked they know he exists they who have seen the hell go past know just how life must be.

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Be good be useful be humble be kind. I give you no explanation this time only facts for you to be alert for all truth. It is my belief i say that it is more than possible and too many real reports of this exist be be just a legend.

Yours with deep love for you all no matter where you are at this moment Ill tell you you are not alone ever.

yours Sir Kevin.

Copyright KevinParrBt2018

 

 

 

William Wallace was not Braveheart.

Was this 6 foot 5 inch tall bearded Viking the stuff of legends as freedom fighter or just a villain , a killer on a grudge .

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We may have all seen the movie Braveheart which was a good film to watch if you forget it was all lies by the production team and sales went mad. Made billions for the actor Mel Gibson and a block buster in the film industry made many rich.

Now we look at the facts and so progress with me to the year it all started. It was 1286 and the newly married King of Scotland Alexander 111 was ready with his wife to leave Edinburgh Castle but a storm so vile had launched itself against battlements and walls of that said castle. It was not a night to leave a warm fire but the King ignored all warnings and so rode off with his guard lagging behind. Soon they lost sight of the King and  his Queen and by the time he was found he lay dead on the wet ground. He had broken his neck as his horse had stumbled and out of the saddle he slipped.The Queen was able through tears, to explain.

This left Scotland defenseless with out a King on its throne. They gave great thought to this matter and it was decided that the most powerful King in whole of Europe was King Edward the first on England and France. So he was thus invited to rule Scotland.King Edward arrived and set John Balliol as Kings man in his place. All was settled Edward had bigger fish to fry and marched home leaving John to set up defenses.

William Wallace was a poor Knights son of little interest in what was going on. He too was of Norman Viking stock.  Then most of the nobles and some of the thanes had Norman blood in their French veins. A giant of a man who terrified all that saw him he had studied some Latin but was employed by the Church as an archer not a priest as told in the film. But we must leave that film now far behind us.

It seems Wallace at a local dance saw a girl called Marion from his own area of Lanark who at 17 was able to impress him that much he led her out into the fields and they became lovers. She wanted him and he wanted her in a love match. Only trouble being that the local Squire who was also a dignitary wanted her hand in marriage. His name was Hezelerigg and he waited and saw her with Wallace one of the Lanarkshire wide boys he thought and so he took poor Marion to his house. Hearing this, Wallace waited until night fall, then in he went and with sword in hand at beg for Marion to be his wife. He then saw Marion dead on the floor opposite the bed. Her killer lay laughing so he carved this Sheriff up into bits. in front of servants who saw it all he was now a hunted man. It was all a grudge over a girl that belonged to no one and a man who kept her from him had to die. Wallace was 27 years old and lion like it is recorded. He was brutal but so the times ran with him. Hearing who was after him he crept into all those mens homes and slaughtered them before they could catch him for his crime, now crimes, as he ran crazy all around killing all that stood against him.

John Balliol had had a taste of power and encouraged by his court of nobles he marched to take on England. Wallace hearing that Balliol wanted archers soon  hid himself in the ranks as that army marched on Edinburgh city. It was just the excuse that Edward had waited for. Up the length of Britain he raced in 17days a whole army stood ready waiting to take on the Scottish army with traitor Balliol at its head.

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At Berwick on Tweed on the Scottish coast the battle took place and Edward massacred 12000 Scots and captured all leaders. It was a blood bath according to all accounts. Wallace had fled with a few survivors to the hills. He now had a grudge against Edward King of England and anyone who spoke English he swore to kill.

In the hills and mountains of his home he hid out for months plotting and planning against the English. he lived by hunting the Kings dear and stealing from farmers milk and eggs and more.

You see Wallace as with all people of noble birth spoke Norman French only, at that time as French Kings from time of Duke  William of Normandy   the Conqueror so all had to learn that language or else. English emerged out of four different languages Latin included French and Viking Norse with old England before 1066 which was German Saxon in the south but in the north Latin and part Norway. The north gave us English first around 1200 in middle English that sounds more like Viking and German but grew and expanded by trade into London and taken up as code to stop French masters listening in to talk below stairs.

English became the working class talk and over centuries accepted by all ranks as our own expanding language around 1312. It then set off to conquer the whole world as an easy way to converse without all the graf and male and female references as in French and European languages such as Latvian. English is direct and short and exact. It is why it spread beyond our shores to again grow in structure taking on such things as included such as Pyjamas as nightware entered our language in 1780s India.  Modern words such as Verandah meaning landed and shorter is a porch added to a house came again from India. If you are interest in old English a book by Professor  J. Hall  entitled Early Middle English published by  Oxford Press is a great help to the reader. Anyway enough of middle English for now. Back to King Edward  the first

 

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Edward 1 may have looked from a coin of his  time. I have his blood in my veins being fully  Angevin on both sides of my family and Plantagenet through Neville lines and  Du Parr down the ages .Saying this my research was pure and the out come in no way affected by relationship to Edward. Take away the locks the crown the beard Im looking at my fathers younger brother, my own uncle. I would say this is how Edward looked. My uncle too was 6 foot 4. like  Edward.

 

Fighting on the borders brought the Kings son at head of the army as his father King Edward was warring in France. Young Edward was no soldier not really a man, effeminate in all things he trolled up into Sterling shire  and walked right into an advanced trap on a bridge that only two horses at a time abreast could slowly advance. His generals told him to leave and surround the enemy from the far side of the hills. But then young  Edward could see no enemy and advanced to the bridge. From underneath lances where poked into the horse hearts dropping them dead that blocked the bridge and archers fired into the mass of troops deadly arrows. 10000 men died on that bridge and Wallace was now a hero. Young Edward rode home with just 100 men out of whole army lost.

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Edward the first had no time for loving his Queen who he adored. He raced up again to wipe the smile off the Scots mans face. On his way up his intelligence officers informed him of this Wallace taller than the King who was around 6 foot 3 inches and nicknamed  Long Shanks. He was ready for a fight but so was Wallace who had nailed a silly boys army but could never compete with a war hardened war planer of Edwards ilk. Wallace was known to be near Falkirk and Edward searched the areas until the Scottish army was seen dressing and practicing in a valley below.  Edward set up and waited the action fought at Falkirk was decisive and total wipe out of Scotland army. Wallace escaped but Edward victorious  marched his army into Edinburgh offering a reward for the leaders and for Wallace the traitor. Sir John Montieth one of William Wallaces best friends and God father to his children arrested Wallace and presented him to the King of England.

Letters of Wallace in his own hand showed how he had been to Rome and France and asking for trade and aid to capture London and the King himself. One such letter still exists in care of records office from Wallace to traders in Germany.

Wallace had raided England and killed children in schools murdered simple farmers and slaughtered all he came across adding to thousands of lives lost by fire and sword. During his trail in London week latter he would say nothing all through the witnesses against him and the proof that was brought in . Edward gave him a fair trial even down to the Roman and French traders that Wallace had spoken with. He was accused with murder of the local sheriff and then murder of civilians and children. He was accused of being a traitor to the king.

It was only now he spoke,  in French. “How could I be a traitor I have not sworn alliance to any King. ”

He was hanged drawn and quartered at Smithfield in London on a special stand erected for the public to watch the show. Parts from his divided body sent across to main cities and to Scotland too.

Wallace was suffering from mental illness in my opinion as he was more brutal than even the gory times he lived within. If any crossed him he would act fast and kill them in their own homes even in their beds. He was hated by the Scottish high lords and a legend with the locals in Lanarkshire Even now loved by nationalistic Scots men who sing his praise even  after 722 years of winning nothing but the road to England.

Being fully nationalistic is an illness as we are all Gods children and live not long enough to war and die for any country any King or any gold offered. My soul is clean now after war fought for Britain and who stopped our pay going into banks as they thought that non of us would come back home alive. I was finished that day and refused a medal.

In  a free spirit and a God loving man no fear of death exists.

Robert De Bruce became King of Scotland by seizing that throne in 1306 and fought the son of now dead King Edward of England at the battle of Bannockburn  on 24th June  1314- making Scotland free from English taxes and independent   as a nation. The son of Edward Longshanks lost again an army and lost his throne soon after before his enemies could kill him. And they would have even so. Then that was covered in my story of facts on King Edward 11 tomb.

Ah! yes before I sign off dear readers that title above explained. At Robert Vill de  Bruces funeral  at Melrose Abbey he was called by his priest Brave Heart in life as he cut out that heart from the Kings body, to send corpse to Palestine whilst his heart to rests at Melrose in front of the alter and it is there today in that glory of a ruin over the English border that is Melrose Abbey. Brave heart was Robert Bruce not Wallace.

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So as Wallace never came into contact with Queen Phillipa wife of King Edward 11. He never bared his back side to Edward the first either. If he painted his body blue it was from Saxon wode and so Id say impossible copying an English ancient custom. So you see there is not much left as that film was Hollywood only. The end bit that says a surviving Wallace member told the true story I would stand up and say what facts are. That is if ever it was in truth that he existed at all. The truth is always more nasty and violent and told as it happened against record is better than all fiction ever can be. Wallace was a killer of even his own peoples never mind the hatred he had for us English who had never hurt him. Remember we never invaded Edward was invited by Scots to rule Scotland. The Scottish  have no right to hate England nor we to hate the Scots. God will judge us all so in that time allocated to all of us short or long we should clear the mind live as honest men and help all who need it. Remember  this eternity is waiting for us which side you go is yours now to decide. Is life just a test.Indeed it is my own thought that it is. I know full well that I am immortal as death is only the end of the cart that is our body in flesh .Our spirit walks freely out of it. In that vein will we meet and talk with those I write about , that I do not know I never got that far before I was called back to serve on earth.

Thank you for reading the true facts. We are all of us Gods children but some forget or never have know peace. Some need help others are pure evil. Wallace was mentally disturbed in my opinion he needed help for sure. You see his letters show he was educated for his time and he had diplomacy in his words. He just loved killing people as judge and jury. A  brutal thug of a man with a brain is the most dangerous of beings. It divides him from the lion who kills because he is made that way and has to for food. For he who kills his brother will be judged. Im not a religious man at all I subscribe to none of that man made churches. God walks with us why will he need a house he owns all planets made us in his own image and never leaves our side. He hears our every thought I believe.

Sorry I have again wandered off the subject

Yours with love Sir Kevin.

Copyright Kevin Parr Bt 2018 August.