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Record shows death by frying pan 

 

 

A manuscript unearthed in Cumbria's archives has painted a vivid picture of murder, mayhem and misadventure in one 17th Century parish.

Deadly duels fought with frying pans, and drunken brawls waged with beer jugs claimed lives in the west county parish of Lamplugh between 1656 and 1663.

 

The record was uncovered by staff at the Cumbria Record Office and Local Studies Library, in Whitehaven.  It is being used to promote the national Archive Awareness Campaign.

 

The record also reveals how three women were drowned after being accused of being witches, and four people were scared to death by fairies.

 

Other peculiar deaths listed in the document include death by gluttony at a party and being attacked by the parson's bull.  But not all residents suffered such surprising ends - 57 residents died of traditional old age.

 

Evil witchcraft

 

Anne Rowe, county archivist of the Cumbria Archive Service, said: "It's great to unearth a document like this in our collection and gives people a chance to discover a more quirky side to history.  I'm not sure whether to attribute this list to our ancestors' superstitions or just their sense of humour! These were insecure social times and many folk in the 17th Century would have been scared of fairies with many a natural death being put down to the 'evil witchcraft' of a harmless old widow."

 

 

 

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Scared to death by fairies. :lol:  It must have been a piece of piss getting away with murder in those days. 

 

"Mr. Robinson, who killed your wife?"

 

"Wasn't me."

 

"Well somebody killed her Mr. Robinson.  She's lying dead in the next room.  It wasn't the fucking fairies was it?"

 

".......erm..........yes?"

 

"It was the fairies??"

 

"Yup."

 

"Ok.  Then.  I'll put it in my report."

 

"*thinks* Ooo he bought it.  bluebiggrin.gif "

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Scared to death by fairies. :lol:  It must have been a piece of piss getting away with murder in those days. 

 

"Mr. Robinson, who killed your wife?"

 

"Wasn't me."

 

"Well somebody killed her Mr. Robinson.  She's lying dead in the next room.  It wasn't the f***ing fairies was it?"

 

".......erm..........yes?"

 

"It was the fairies??"

 

"Yup."

 

"Ok.  Then.  I'll put it in my report."

 

"*thinks* Ooo he bought it.  bluebiggrin.gif "

 

:lol:  Or a duel:

 

"Sir, you slighted me and my family and now you must pay.  Choose your weapon"

 

"On the contrary, it is YOU who will pay.  I select........the frying pans!" 

 

* The crowd gasps *  bluebiggrin.gif

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a few years back doing the family history I came across an anlysis of deaths in the mid 18th Centuryin a small Suffolk village where one of my relatives came from

 

The death rate from child birth was horrific but the next biggest ctaegory was teenagers drivin carts and horses recklessly

 

"Arrr, I always said that Dobbin XR would be the death of him"

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a few years back doing the family history I came across an anlysis of deaths in the mid 18th Centuryin a small Suffolk village where one of my relatives came from

 

The death rate from child birth was horrific but the next biggest ctaegory was teenagers drivin carts and horses recklessly

 

"Arrr, I always said that Dobbin XR would be the death of him"

 

bluebiggrin.gif

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Being scared to death by a bunch of fairies? I don't know why people laugh at this phenomenon...

 

It's still happening even to this day.

 

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b212/yazzyaz/4PsJR.jpg

 

 

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