Lancashire Worthies

Lancashire Worthies

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...of nineteen when, in 17 28, "by course of misfortunes in his family," he was led to make France his home, and "being a man of spirit," was taken notice of at the court of the young Louis Quinze. He received a commission in the French army, and fought at the siege of Philipsburg in 1734 under Marshal Berwick, when and where a cannonball killed that son of James II. by Marlborough's sister Arabella Churchill, who had risen to eminence in the military service of France. We hear next of Francis Towneley living a retired life in Wales, until the Rebellion of 1745 was being planned. Then Towneley left his retirement and went to Manchester to consult and concert with the leading men of the party, in what was at that time a hotbed of Jacobitism. John Byrom was one of them, and it was during this visit of Towneley's to Manchester that his habit of profane swearing provoked the friendly and ardently Jacobitical, but religious and straight-laced, Byrom into this characteristic expostulation: --"O that the Muse might call without offence The gallant soldier back to his good sense! His temporal field so cautious not to lose, So careless quite of his eternal foes. Soldier, so tender of thy prince's fame, Why so profuse of a superior name? For the king's sake the brunt of battles bear, But--for the King of kings' sake--do not swear I" The scene of their Jacobite conferences, at which Towneley's oaths so shocked the worthy Byrom, is said to have been "a small public-house near the village," as it was then, "of Didsbury, adjoining a well-known ferry named Jackson's Boat." Ware in his History of the Foundations of Manchester, vol. ii. p. 97, &c Much use has been made of it in the text. In his southward march to...show more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123660623X
  • 9781236606235