Saturday, 22 August 2015

More Boat books and more, and more, for the bookshelves

"The Power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." - G. B. Shaw

This is an account of one of our Canterbury connections; using the title "Sir William Percy Honeywood Courtney, King of Jerusalem", John Nichols Thom (1799 – 1838), was a Cornish wine-merchant and maltster who stood for parliament in Canterbury. He was convicted of perjury in a smuggling case, spent three years in the Kent County Lunatic Asylum, after his release gathered a small band of followers and paraded in the Kent countryside, when he was killed alongside some of his followers in a confrontation with soldiers in Bossenden Wood.

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