Tagged with human rights

Criminals Paying their Way

This is an ad from an Aberdeen Chronicle of August 1825: “Aberdeen Bridewell Mats for doors, lobbies, church pews &c manufactured by the prisoners and so much approved of for durability and neatness may be had of any size, at Mrs Laing’s, Union Street, the Police Office, Union Street or at the Bridewell. Besides the … Continue reading

Shaking Hands With Gays

I am at a total loss as to why there is so much animosity towards this group within our societies, but it seems to be mostly a male thing – women seem to be far more tolerant, but then, they have to put up with some pretty abnoxious straight men, so … well, I don’t … Continue reading

Top Secret & Dangerous Vacuum Cleaner

This story is up there with the one about the men who stared at goats, so I’m hoping this makes it into a film with Jeff Bridges etc. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who confessed to have masterminded the 9/11 attacks, was captured by the CIA in 2003 and has been repeatedly and brutally interrogated aka tortured, … Continue reading

Kids Trying the Patience of Saints

This is for anyone who thinks kids of today are out of control. They are nothing to the kids of the 19th century. Not sure why there were so many homeless kids in the mid century – possibly many were orphans in the wake of the cholera outbreaks which had raged from 1832, combined with … Continue reading

In Andover Workhouse

Andover workhouse became famous for its abuse under the control of a Scottish former Sergeant Major and his wife. He was often drunk and abusive, and took advantage of the women in his care. This is from ‘The Scandal of the Andover Workhouse’ by Ian Anstruther: “Elizabeth Hutchins, a matron of more than average spirit … Continue reading

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Cambridge University

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Cambridge University

 Peter Peckard studied at Oxford, then served in the army before becoming master of Magdalene College, then vice chancellor at Cambridge. The Zong incident, when 133 slaves were thrown overboard by the ship’s captain to claim insurance shocked the nation and like many others, it seems to have stirred this liberal into becoming an active … Continue reading

Travelling with St Thomas’s Leg

Travelling with St Thomas’s Leg

Today’s i newspaper had a great story, about a school in Lancashire’s collection which they are trying to make accessible to the public via the Christian Heritage Centre. Ho hum, you may be thinking, but this is Britain’s largest collection of religious relics. In Europe there is still enough Catholicism scattered through communities that the … Continue reading

What No Man Knew

What No Man Knew

I have just got a copy of ‘The Wonderfvll Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster’, a copy of Thomas Potts’ original book of the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612. This is one book I couldn’t not buy – who doesn’t like a good witch story? And this is one of the most famous, … Continue reading

Where Did they Go?

Where Did they Go?

In an earlier post, I mentioned the effect of the Act of Uniformity that forced Ministers to adhere to the practices of the Chruch of England, but some 5,000 chose to leave their posts, often to a life of immense hardship. But some relocated. The following is from the biography of Richard Price, (1723-91) a … Continue reading