I'm a twit too

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Balladeers & Blacksheep


Extra! EXTRA! Added Choice Words 

for 12th Night Epiphany 6th January 2018



EARLY MODERN ENGLISH FOLKS LIVES WERE RUN BY THE CHURCH AND PARLIAMENTARY CALENDAR. IF YOU THINK WE HAVE BUSY LIVES TODAY THE GODLY THOUGHT SO ABOUT THEIR OBLIGATIONS; LIFE WAS REGULATED, AND SUNDAY CHURCH WAS COMPULSORY TO ATTEND OR YOU WOULD BE ANSWERING TO THE LOCAL ECCLESIASTICAL COURT AND PUNISHED WITH A FINE....

Some might like to compare the current Taliban to the Puritans, but so far in my reading there is a bit more flexibility in what you wear though none allowed for not believing in the God of Abraham i.e. atheism

St Thomas doubting

Westminster MPs banned Theatre in 1642. I think the Puritan push was pragmatic - they couldn't ban grog and a good secular sing song in Sailor Town (Wapping) where my maternal roots have led. 



When I started to explore family history which took me to the 17th century Tower Hamlets I discovered how lively English culture was, and how print technology like the internet today stimulates artistic/political expressions...There are always those in power who would like it's citizens to shut up and do as you're told, but we can't let that happen! It goes against the grain...

New Model Army Private Tommy Clark (grt  11th served in the same regiment as her husband John for nine years, until the birth of a son unmasked her!
In 1655, Clark was commemorated in an affectionate four-verse ballad, 'The Gallant She-Soldier', all the more remarkable for its composition during the strict Puritan era.

Women in History Link to timeline.

Thomasina Clark (discovered ca. 1665) The Parish Register of St. Botolph's, Aldgate, has this entry for 17 July 1655. 'William Clark, son of John Clark, a soldier and Thomasina his wife who herself went for a souldier and was billeted at the Three Hammers in East Smithfield about seven months and after was delivered of this child. [...] She had been a souldier by her own confession about five years and was sometime drummer to the company.'


Proud to claim Thomasine Clark nee Cannaday as my 11th Great Grandmother
(1632-1690)

 I followed Granny Clark to Stepney's congregations of Sailors, shipwrights, and rope-makers on the banks of the Thames. It was also called Sailor town and she lived in Gun Alley a direct route to Gunpowder wharf.

King Charles 1 wasn't very happy about the non-conformists/Independents/Dissenters (which Puritans were) in the Hamlets. Unlike their favoured Apostle, Thomas, It was His Majesty's intentions, the people doubted not the God of Abraham.

Thomasine and Thomas were favoured names in the Tower Hamlets after the Apostle St. Thomas whose feast day was 21 December. It coincided with the Winter Solstice and singing door to door for money and food.


Perhaps the doubting cockney Thomas' were characteristically pragmatic on life's journey.


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