For many of us are born to have feelings about  this date. I Think it just another day but is it really something different? Here I take facts and dates in time that may show how this date became a problem day for so many  across this world.

The Knights of the Temple know as Templar in history became the most powerful society of men ever know. How did poor Knights in monks clothing become so rich and feared that they became hounded by Kings.?

In short no treasure was found in the city of Jerusalem as Rome had cleared out all riches long before in time.We know as carvings exist in Rome to this day showing the looting by soldiers of the holy temple and the Jewish gold carried with 9 candle Menorah across to carts that transported it all back to Rome.

This sect of holy men made Knights was started to rescue fallen fellow knights on the battlefields. The famous statue in London depicts two knights on one horse. It was that fact that made the legend. When many rich sons of Yore came to join the fellowship the gift of cash was handed over to Templar. They worked on protecting pilgrims traveling to see the holy city along the route from the sea at Acre.  Over years this service became famous and with membership growing the cash flow was put into banking and Knights became money lenders to Kings. It was the first method of real banking in the world. It can be researched but every penny of Knights Templar rich accounts can be traced to the above methods and no treasure ever existed. Banking alone made the society rich and really powerful with it. They did nor excavate under the temple searching for treasures and they did find evidence that Jesus did not exist. This made them the enemy of some and friends to others.


Jacques de Moley                           Knights Templar

When King Phillip 4th of France borrowed so much he could not pay it back he decided on bring the Templar to heal. He had men circulate and spread stories of witchcraft and Devil worship that had been the Knights Templar way for years.They even performed homo sexual orgies and worshiped a cat who was the Devil incarnate. Soon the Knights became hunted down and in chains and ropes led to the fires of death to satisfy the cruel.images_004    images_016

Pope Clement.                King Phillip

On Friday 13th 1307 a large group of Templar Knights died by sword in European nations on advice of Pope Clement  5th through the lies given in statement by King Phillip 4th.of France


Strange it is that both Pope and King  died within weeks of Templar deaths and the curse said to be placed by Moley on his accusers who had tortured him to give false statement.

The Knights of Saint John or Knights of the Temple ended that day and all found put to the sword .Sad but true they as innocent of any charge and died through King Phillips greed.

It ended on October 13th 1314 when the 23rd Grand Master the 70 year old Jacques de Moley was with other high command Knights burned at the stake in Paris France. He is said to have cursed each man who had accused his order of so many crimes including Heresy which caused his death by fire. Seems the curse worked as both Pope and king died suddenly. Then did he really say anything?

Now the story of Friday 13th again but it is goes back into Viking legend. Friday is named after Goddess Freya who being gifted two black cats by Thor the God of thunder  ruled fertility.


Then 12 Norse Gods sat feasting at the table in halls of Valhalla when in came the uninvited Loki who had come to assist the blind God Hoder Lord of Darkness to kill Balder the beautiful God of joy.


Freya the Goddess

Odin the mighty had loved this son and had decreed no one touch him. Loki the Frost Giant  adopted son to Odin was the 13th member at that table.


Loki played by an actor in TV film Thor the Mighty

It was said that the Goddess of womanhood had 13 menstruation  in a year which was unlucky for her lovers. The Spartans give us a name for this as Triskaidekaphobia  or fear on number 13. It was Judas in Pauls tale of  Jesus.


Friday being the 6th day of week is associated with the Devil as 6 is the number of the beast 666 in Biblical law.

in Rome Friday was the hanging day event enjoyed by the onlooker but no joy for the criminal. This rule carried on in England until hanging was banned as punishment in 1965 in England 1974 in Northern Ireland. No death penalty but life time jail on the public funds.

The story of the last supper tells of Judas being number 13 at that table and so all follows as fact Friday 13th is to some the worse day ever invented.  Depends really if one believes myth and legend is real or again man made stories. Maybe King Phillip 4th wanted that day when he set about his attacks on innocent Knights about their service and business. Banking may be a bit of a golden goose even today for the vast industry of that profession who know how to make cash out of lending investing your moneys and giving you back less that 1% of the cash you loan to them each time you place funds in your account. My family had the largest private bank in UK called Parr Bank ltd it ran with some 8 offices nationwide and sold out when private banking was made illegal in 1958. Sold to Matins bank who became Barclays bank. Maybe Knights Templar blood runs in my veins as banking goes back to them direct. it would then explain why 1231 is the last recorded date on my family records. After that total blank going backwards in time.

Friday 13th is but a day and nothing more sinister exists other than in the mind of mankind through superstitions that go back to the cave man when no education existed only knowledge of fear. Still if you are stuck on this better read all you can and leave an open mind is best advice dear friends.

Go with God and be happy all your days.

Yours Sir Kevin

Copyright Kevin Parr Bt 2018

Walter OBrien and Scorpion facts.

When thinking of a subject to interest my readers I have to research well. Here in this article my girlfriend pointed out a show as being good but very over the top in telling. I watched it and found they boast beyond the TV show that Mister Walter OBrien  has an IQ of 197, higher than even the list of top brains published on Goggle. A quick look show all Mensa and recorded tested named persons with highest IQ. No Walter OBrien is listed in the top 100 or lower. This brought me to examine the man himself. His part now played by actor Elyes Gabel in the TV production. They say all is based on the life of said Walter Obrien. So off I went investigating this story. I found that part one is mostly correct. When Obrien was 13 living on his father, Maurice his mother Anne OBriens, farm in  Clonroche Ireland he hacked into USA government security program. This ended in investigation by CIA Homeland and black cars with armed men landed in the front of the  family farmhouse to see a boy who had by accident broken through to see secret plans of space race. Just as told at start of every Scorpion show on TV.


Then from here on  little fact is used to make that show. No doubt CBS are only concerned with the show figures and all else matters not. Then we find that Walter OBrien wrote the stories and then as he was Execute Producer made the show possible.

Checking his job CV shows he was working for Capital group of companies as top man but a little research throws up fact that Capital job description gives Walter OBrien as simple Q/A guy. His pay scale low.

.  One of five children he left Ireland early to find that America was not paved with gold as told local to his dads farm. He invented himself as AKA. Scorpion and started a company called “Stikeforce “This is listed on the web. Then it seems to have used the same UP as another company used. He set off promoting international data but it is gibberish and big claims. It seems his claims somehow are completely exaggerated to being laughable.


English actor Elyes Gabel  and the real Walter OBrien

For me and those who brought this to my attention the show is passable if only they would drop the claims about his big IQ and the myth behind his life. They should pass it over as fiction only as they cannot support the claims. Then CBS know this but wants the viewing figures too. I myself am fine with watching but knowing now all facts I try not to laugh at some of the amazing escapes the team make and how an old actor playing the Homelands agent who played gun toting cowboys long ago in time still has it in in him to go down holes tunnels and dangerous places as if real life. Then what if  I told you that a  high IQ has little to do with intelligence. I find that IQ can alter each time tested.Depends on mood, day, and who is doing the test.

It will not alter much but enough to make that test of interest. Mine came out at 154 then that surprised me as  taken the Mensa test placed me as 109 I am nothing of a Math student hating figures but can count in my head. I do nothing more than any other may do but can design anything like gardens furniture and tools. Hobby only but love my gardens. Having a high IQ means precious little as actions speak far louder and love of live is more than all.  To love someone more than yourself must be wonderful but having it thrown back in ones face is destroying. Perhaps why high IQ becomes a loner. Seeing logic only there is no such thing as love .Then that is not me. Yet I deal in logic. Talking of myself is not my aim here just to illustrate my feelings over that of show by OBrien in the show.

Checking all I am able to do I know the subject runs a computer company for a living that he claims cannot be researched owing to military law and very secret customers? He employs over 200 people and deals with problems is all that is published on him. One is left struggling with rubbish in his writings total confusing sentences tell you not a lot even if you can find interest to read what is printed. He may be the solver of big world problems but it is hard to go from typist to action man never mind death cheaters as portrayed on screen. I say it is total myth.

It is beyond human safety and so many escapes are unbelievable. Not a cat can cope with the boasts. Even down to being held by drug baron who would have shot first and asked no question they manage to over power all of his men. Man, that is beyond imagined belief. I think a child who shone out faded fast in adulthood so he merely invented himself it seems. How he manged to help produce the show may relate to him being in an advisory position only as it was all about his fictitious  life anyway. Then he states he is an Executive Producer? The only mystery is who is the real Walter OBrien? The kid who entered into hacking or the adult who deals in fiction?

There is the question that rises over the International Olympiad test that  Ireland failed to enter yet OBrien aged 18 came in 90th out of 120. He is listed yet never says a word on this subject. How he even got to be there is strange but he did and that is shown as said.

So watch the show enjoy and know that all is fiction and you cant go wrong.

Thank you yet again my readers hope you want to read my next article as that stands even more to mystery.

Yours, sent with love to all Sir Kevin.

Copyright Kevin Parr Bt 2018.


Skeletons Down the Well Mystery

Norwich East Anglia England 1330. What ever happened to 17 people who either fell or were pushed down a 20 foot drop into mud in the bottom of a water well, is case for inspection, I thought.


It all came to light in a conversation with a friend in that area of country who had read in a local newspaper of a bodies being found when a building company had started work on that cities new shopping Mall and came across shocking pile of bones in the wall in excavation of site. It certainly brought me down to see him. It was perhaps 2004 looking at my diary.

It was explained to us as a case of disrespectful disposing of bodies that now the bones had been cataloged and sent over for forensic tests and carbon dating. The head Anthropologist was Miss Susan Black down from Dundee University .We expected fast work and result.



Over a day or so the results came back and we had luck as one of the news chaps was in the know. 12th or early 13th century people.It looked as simple as plague victims but then hit by forensics it was now upturned from mere carbon dating to the bones belonging to Jews.  Not just that but one family of Jews. 17 of them in fact and all related. It is now thought that that period of history in England had not been kind to Jews and many had been persecuted owing to the belief that they had sold Jesus to Rome. What rubbish but Christians were not all cleaver folk and so hatred had grown of the Jews as good traders rich and able ran together and not always trusted anyone outside of that group . It was to go against them at times like that.

However the morning air ran through me and oaks donned golden gowns and homeward I drove some 500 miles up the motorways. On switching on the radio I tuned in to local BBC radio four and heard the talk .It was on the bodies found and told all that I knew but one thing came as shock .It was by picking through the clues that the team had come to see the bones as that of victims to mass execution or even  group suicide.

It gave a whole different slant of things indeed. So picturing later the story on the slim facts in hand it seems they either sat around and been terrified enough to end it all. Or more likely,to me , a group of hardened commoners had caught them hiding and bashed in their brains with cudgels the tool of the common folk then.  By throwing the dead down the nearby well no trace could be brought back to find the killers.



Two of the skulls as the faces must have been. People not just bones.

A sad tale my dears but one that must echo through all the centuries of lack of education .Human envy and killer instinct of the poor and classless. Many of them hungered and seeing fat Jews well fed must have enraged them. In a gang it only takes one loud mouthed lout to bring the rest to the boil then, bang, its death on their hands before they cool down and see what they have done. Then its panic and down the well is but the perfect place to hide the dead. The gang  vanish one by one into the night. it is how gangs work even today with far better food more off it and some basic education nothing really changes human anger and some will stop  at nothing until its too late.


The bones being buried.

I did try tracing the story of bones but seems case is closed so we are left with that image of the last moments of a family being murdered by many members of a gang . Im glad I see religion as man made poison as no good in history has it ever done. Jews or Christian we are people not animals at all. I could go on, but perhaps said enough for some already. I believe I am Gods child and we are all his children every single one of us have souls we are as one in his holy mind. It is that that stops wars stops worry such as terrified of death. it stops the educated from ever thinking about murder only solving it. Gods family even those poor slaughtered Jewish people. I bet they died not well and that my friends upsets me even so. it is mankind who are  cruel, not God. Remember that.

On 16th of February 2015 at Chapel Fields Shopping Centre in that city of Norwich a plaque was put up by dignified people to commemorate the bones and the people who had been murdered by the mob. It is worded rather movingly Im told but tells the tale as I saw it in mind. The bones have been respectfully buried in Norwich Jewish cemetery with honours.


With all the love in my heart my family I wish us all peace and safety ,where ever you are ,who ever you think you are we are brothers and sisters in the wind of change. Respect is all you need.

Yours Sir Kevin.

Copyright Kevin Parr Bt 2018

Mystery in a garden world known.

In 1900 a group of American people started a fashion in England for being  happy in a world so lost until then. To this group Mrs Gertrude Winthrop sent her only son from her last marriage to search for a home in England. He left from New York around early 1900 on a mission for his aged mother. His name was Lawrence Waterbury Johnston and this is his story.


In Gloustershire not far from old old market town of Chipping Campden and within the area of the Cotswold group of Americans he sighted Hidcote Manor house for sale. It fitted his every need. Soon he was writing to to his mother with the news. She came over to view still nervous to be in England some 200 years after her ancestor had left the shores to find work in New England USA. They bought the manor house and some farm lands around it for 6000 pounds sterling.


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His mother had no real intent to spend on gardens but she was happy her son wanted to clean up the land. She found her niche with other Americans in coffee house morning meetings to fill her days.

images_018  Edith Wharton writer gardener and  heiress attached to Major Lawrence Johnston from day of meeting to her death as friends. His health failing after her death he may have stayed in France to be warmer or did he come  to find he loved Edith so much he could not cope. He had been born in Paris and that another reason for leaving his lovely garden that people such as I take ideas from. Hidcote is perhaps the greatest garden ever built in my mind , at least.


In 1902 Lawrence Johnston did read many gardening books starting a life times love of the subject. He may have planed it many times on paper but nothing of it exists today. Then he came across a book all about designing gardens .it spoke to his soul more so that Lutchens and Jeakle had done.The book by Thomas Mawson who had owned Lakeland Nurseries in Windermere far north of Gloucester but had designed some of the most prestigious gardens around the world. Johnstons dream of Hidcote gardens came out of the pages of this book. I bought a copy of it and at high cost I treasure it.



In 1907 he enlisted in the Hussars to help Britain in the Boar War of South Africa.For 4 years Hidcote was neglected by all.

In 1910 returned as Major and put his all into the gardens


employing 12 gardeners as his team to create his dream. By 1920 it was in its perfect way. All the top brass came to see it even Churchill thrilled at his many visits. Although Lawrence Johnston was a very private living man he must have liked what people said of his designs.

The first World war came and he was again  called up to fight for England. In this hell he found a friend who he treasured .Her name was Edith Wharton a lady who loved France and warmer days but was trapped in Paris in war torn Europe. Johnston was posted to that area and found her wandering about deep in thought.The two came so close and lived for moments to be together. It was not real deep love but a real friendship that lasted to her death in 1937. She had planed with him some of the garden rooms at Hidcote although she lived in France they stayed in each others homes regularly between wars. Her death fell heavily on Johnston and maybe that is why he went to life in France at his mothers old home called Serre de la Madone near Menton.


My though when seeing this run down gardens on a trip to buy statues for my gardens brought me to ask questions. It was open to the public but still in a shabby state of general neglect .I roamed around it wondering what drove this great man to leave Hidcote Bartrim village and his beloved Hidcote manor gardens for this baked earth and no hedges. It was almost tearful to see it. Yes may have been nice after it was first made made but what it was did  not stood out clearly.It was nothing as good as Hidcote even in its hey day.


Something must have happened for him to walk out of his dream to leave it to Government in the form of National Trust and come to reside in this unearthly place just like that. I cant help feeling if I had built Hidcote would  I want anything better than my tomb there. He is buried near  his mother in England just a walk from those garden gates he had paid for as his. He gave this French property to his servants who had helped him so well in illness in his last six months on earth. He was a kind soul for all that.






And that is my mystery. Why want another garden why did he want France. Was it the love of his life had he only asked for her hand. This private hero this great man was he not so brave with love. When his Edith died did it finish him inside? Was his last beat of heart more of her than anything he had ever done. If so I understand it all. His name will live forever in the work he did on Hidcote Gardens and perhaps his ghost and hers remain within the many rooms they both designed.

images_003 Major Lawrence Johnston in his last years


Hidcote gardens are in short, heaven on earth a place to be within to find peace, beyond that world of war and of men so mad as to want war.

Yours with love, Sir Kevin.


Copyright Sir Kevin Parr Bt 2018


Knossos Palace and legend of the Minotaur.

Long ago this great Minoan city and palace of King Minos existed as a victorious and celebrated nation of Crete. Being an island off the main land of Greece it won victorious battles against Greece and legend has it that the half man half bull monster who lived in the centre of a vast set of tunnels under the city called the Labyrinth was the Minotaur.

Firstly we talk about what this legend tells us. That war won by King Minos against King Aegeus of Athens is the focus point as to why we know anything of Knossos at all. It forms the way Greek myths would grow into legends we talk of today. Name we still mention and stories loved by all who read them.

Minos demanded each year 14 youths of equal number of young men and women to be sent by ship to feed the monster that was said to be a deformed son of this King. Half bull with the legs of a man who had the brain of a human and the utter strength of a bull.

Not happy with this transaction it is said that the only son of King Aegeus Prince Theseus demanded to go with the unfortunate few to Crete and so by doing slaughter the Minotaur and finish connection with Crete for good. His father told he would wait and if the black sails turned to white on his return a great feast would be made for he would then know long before the ship docked his son was alive and victorious.

Aided by Minos own daughter the kind heart lovely Ariadne, Theseus finally manages to cut the monsters head off  and the death throw of this mighty beast brought down the mountain on the city and its Royal palace and finally finish the Minoan civilization

On Theseus return he forgot to change the sails and his  father the King fearing the worse jumped over the cliff onto the rocks below and killed himself in grief.

We now jump the many centuries up to the discovery of Knossos Palace.

For thousands of years nothing remained in Crete of this great city. Under mountains of earth and rock Sir Arthur Evans from Hertfordshire England and Oxford University archeology department set his goal to clear up a mystery. It was an effort that took years from 1900 after the discovery that it might be Knossos by Minos Kalokaines in 1878.  Evens finally gave us back a lost world and the palace in 1900s.Without his devotion and Determined  manner one can say no more of this wonderful place would ever have come to light

In 1700 BC this city was covered totally with what may record a land slide brought about by earth quake  or was it attack as in the legend? Well! Evans found the Labyrinth system and may be even signs that a monster bull lived in the tunnels. If it was a mighty bull the story would grow to make this creature more than just a monster as its a Greek way to tell a good story about Gods and hero and mighty monsters.

Many such as this legend are  based on fact. The Minotaur did exist in the tunnels below this palace. what this monster was is not clear but we say a mighty bull is more than guesswork. .Or even mis shaped lion.

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In 1971 I was lucky to go and see this marvel of restoration by Sir Arthur Evans who lived from 1851 -1941. I walked from inside a wonderful bath room into the Labyrinth entrance but only a short tunnel was dug back out. One could feel the bull run as real even in a tunnel about 120 feet long. I have been told that now all that system is open for inspection at this site in Crete. A place to be proud of as the Minoan capital. it has one of the oldest histories in Europe and more than one story. If you recall this King Minos had a problem with gold, another good story.

Part of ancient wall

images_038images_044Sir Arthur Evans who paid for the dig himself on a hunch he had found the Minoan palace. Not fully trained he had written many articles on Minoan text. He was knighted for his life long devotion to find the city and palace.  Against all odds he kept on digging in that true English way that gives us worlds of hope.

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DSC_3088 The inner most part of the Labyrinth and cave where the monster bull lived.


My hope is to return and see the expanded renovations and the Labyrinth as it was. A great story and now proof that in fact much of this tale holds fact. So less of a mystery more a shrine to mans story His story, HISTORY it is.

i hope one day you too see Greece as a nation of history makers and not the slide into poverty we see today.

Yours with love Sir Kevin.


Copyright Kevin Parr Bt 2018.

Crop circles explained

In no way can we call this art of crop circle a new fad as recorded history relates to a siting so cleaver and perfectly made in as early as 1678 in a Hertfordshire corn field. Various times through out the centuries this amazing fact appears as designs in our crop fields all over South England fill with circles of some massive proportions.

In 1980s in Westbury England a most unusual designed crop circle appeared over night in a farmers field .It became a national news item and so brought in expert examiners who mostly thought it the work of an Alien power who had intentions of contacting us. UFO trackers published papers on this site and in days it became a serious investigation as to which planet led the visit and made contact with their form of writing.

In January 1990 the plot thicken to show more than average number corn fields with signals in form so elaborate had been produced through out the summer.This conference on the 9th January had been formed to discuss the facts related to this invasion of crops being used to say something to us. Real scientists gathered to give an opinion.

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Crop Circles.

Each year the circles became more and more complicated .Some so vast could only be seen from the air as in the two photographs above.

In an ancient corner of Britain is the county of Wiltshire that boasts Stonehenge site and Avebury and Silbury Hill and then Kennet Avenue that leads from Avebury out to Stone henge.  All mentioned sites dates at least 4000 years down the line to ancient man.


Stonehenge Wiltshire England

A newspaper called Today interviewed two men in their sixties who had claimed to have made many of the most famous crop circles themselves. Douglas Bower and David Chorley had invented the art to make really complicated designs in corn fields. At first the reporters thought it a good story but then the two men offered to show them how it works out on the fields at midnight. With wooden board frames they pushed the corn back as the walked guided by a string and with a base ball cap on head with the peak drilled to hold the level site to make the design easier. When it was all over and a small design made in under half an hour impressed the newsmen it was they that now decided to invite experts in to inspect. Without a word of fact the team of investigators came in to view. When after a good hour the experts all agreed it was not made by man but by aliens landing craft. Here the newsmen silenced the crop design makers and caused a front page run on alien life with photos of the circle included made national news. All would have been well if not for a leak and the paper was ruined as fraudsters.

To me those who jump to this sort of art thing it must be like a painter with a fresh canvas to see a vast golden field must evoke the soul to deceive and make art at that same time. I conclude so called experts still say some of the circles are from aliens design and therefore made by such. I say without doubt man made each and every one every time making it more imaginative. Teams of them at night whilst we are in our beds go out to carve a circle just for fun.

It is like graffiti only good to those who did it and a mess up of architecture for the rest of us who care about our cities who want to keep all clean. it is perhaps why some more basic want tattoos to decorate the human skin is a crime to my mind. Going native was the Naval term of charge for having marked the body. Officer never would dare to do it and only those lesser stoop to be made into  artwork. Same and why crop circle people want to ruin fields of healthy food.

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The bible tells of aliens walking among us educating us to planets far beyond our world.We are but a ball loose in space and the bible tells of people being taken up in the chariots of the Gods to see the world below as a bowl of gruel.



We know that we cannot possibly be the only inhabitants in space it would be foolish to think so yet why dont they come to see us now? Good question but could it be they do but not too close these days as would you in their place  knowing we had two world wars, an Atom bomb and murders in all nations.  I would stay well away if I was them. They can teach us nothing as all too big headed and selfish now is the cost to us expanding into space beyond the stars but not ever in rockets what comes up must come down so look at the sightings that Governments will not allow us to talk about and all photographic proof vanished as soon as it came to news.

I am not here to say more but enough has made us uneasy with UFO news getting so near the truth that we are but a speck of dust in our own cosmos so some sort of intelligent life must be out there. I think even more advanced than us they can travel in seconds across the system but to us 100 years one way same journey .To travel outside our zone may take a lifetime span. We need to wake up as one day we will need to leave our planet and Governments need to come clean on what they hold back and we laugh at them for doing such in secret as none of us are thick heads.

Then crop circles have nothing to do with outside worlds at all.


I hope you enjoyed it today as I have done something I never have before I have told my thoughts and solved a mystery in part on circles in corn fields but opened another in alien life.

The photograph here is of a hovering  craft from a distance.  I myself saw  a massive ufo in Morecambe bay area of UK in the mid 1970s. This  was seen by some 45000 people as far as 100 miles away. My photo and two others by better cameras went into the local newspaper which published all with photos too in front page issue but was quickly taken off sale and no photo came back as they even denied it happened. I have proof this was stopped in print by Government of UK. Not a single slide or photo remains on file in Lancaster Guardian files. I did contact their archives in Preston Lancashire and again to the newspaper last year but although promise to come back to me failed I know silence is the code word. It amazes me that crop circles that are only ever made by man are all over news each summer as proof that other worlds exist but the real proof of photographic fact are buried deep by fools who do not want us to know in case of mass panic. Or worse?  We are never alone and some of us know it.

Yours always, signing off, Sir Kevin.

Copyright KevinParr, Bart.2018

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.

220px-King_Charles_I_after_original_by_van_DyckKing Charles the first.

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.




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.

220px-Thomas_Parr_from_NPG Rubens painting of Thomas Parr.

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 .

HARVEY looks into Parr death.030818-28-Tom-Parr-History-Medicine-300x230



Yours with love Sir Kevin.

Copyright Sir Kevin Parr Bt.Sept  2018