Monthly Archives: March 2012

Historical miscellany #6: the last chime of the clockwork man (1802)

Epitaphs are a genre unto themselves. And here is a particularly intriguing one belonging to a Mr George Routleigh, watchmaker of Lydford, Devon. — Here lies, in a horizontal position, the outside case of George Routleigh, Watchmaker, whose abilities in that line were an honour to his profession. Integrity was the Mainspring, and Prudence the […]

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Historical Miscellany #5 – Hearty appetites (c.1790s)

(Remembrance of Sir Francis Beaufort – how many dinners can a midshipman consume in a day? c 1790s) We were talking of a midshipman’s appetite, as a thing which bears a high character for energy and punctuality, and Captain Beaufort said it had never been tried how many dinners a midshipman could eat in a […]

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