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William Bottrell and the Strangest Funeral Procession in the World November 28, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
William Bottrell and the Strangest Funeral Procession in the World

The year is 1881 and Willam Bottrell has just passed away after a horrific final illness: he lay paralysed in bed for the last year, his mind as fine as ever, his body drying up. Bottrell, for those many who don’t know, was a hero perhaps the hero of Cornish folklore studies because despite having […]

Irish Giants: Prehistoric and Otherwise February 7, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern, Prehistoric
Irish Giants: Prehistoric and Otherwise

Beach stumbled the other day on this passage from the Dublin Freeman’s Journal, August 1812. ‘It is not a little surprising, considering our veneration for Irish antiquities, that no notice should be taken of the skeleton recently disinterred at Leixlip. This extraordinary monument of gigantic human stature was found by two laborers in Leixlip churchyard […]

A Six Mile Stride December 30, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
A Six Mile Stride

A gentle post today as we near year’s end. Beachcombing has spent an unaccountable amount of time in Cornwall (south-west ‘England’) in the last week, looking at nineteenth-century infanticide (as you do). In his many wanderings through the meadows of Cornish books he stumbled upon the tale of the giant Bolster striding from St Agnes […]

John and Paul: The Patagonian Giants March 26, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
John and Paul: The Patagonian Giants

Antonio Pigafeta aka Antonio Lombardo (obit 1531) was a lucky man. He was one of 17 of circa 230 men to make it back from Magellan’s circumnavigation of the world. He was also a fine writer and described in his Relazione del primo viaggio intorno al mondo (1524) Magellan’s adventures, death and the mission’s return […]