Recently forced to hide in Skipton Castle while a hue and cry was raised in the town, the famous Yorkshire highwayman ‘Swift Nicks’ Nevison faced an unexpected danger. This took the form of a brave young lad, armed only with a wooden sword, who thought to test the highwayman’s mettle by challenging him to a duel.
Being a courageous sort of gentleman, and having encountered many a threat in his time, from foreign mercenaries to parish constables, Nevison was undeterred and stood his ground.
Soon, however, the potential combatants developed a mutual respect, both good fellows and knowing the other to be the same. Before long the little lad was trying out Nevison’s sword to see how it compared with his own toy blade, and singing its praises as a well balanced blade.
Click here to find out more about the famous highwayman John Nevison.
I have just returned from the Seventeenth Century Life and Times event at Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire. There I played Lieutenant Colonel Peter Kniverton, the governor, defending the castle against the soldiers of Sir William Brereton, rebellious roundheads all.
It went well, apart from a certain duel. I was catching my breath just after we had been hard pressed by an assault …
… when I noticed one fellow, Captain Henry Vernon, heading my way with evil intent. Being of considerably more experience with a blade than me (not exactly a rare occurrence) he had cut me before I could defend myself. I stumbled back away from him …
And luckily a stout sergeant was close at hand to ward the fellow off before he could come at me again …
I am now recovered with little more than my pride hurt, and ready to go and defend Skipton Castle this weekend. This time I shall have my musket with me so hopefully I can deal with the foe before he get’s so close!
School holidays can’t half be dangerous, you know.
Click on this link to find out more about my Castle Governor character.
Thanks to the help of my good friend Jamie my VISITORS FROM THE PAST website has been rejigged and re-skinned and various other technological terms that are probably more correct. This new one allows news posts (this is one right here) and a better enquiry form as well and umpteen other clever features, plus everything I had before.
Bookings are coming in already for next year, even some for Summer term! Meanwhile, with the summer holidays fast approaching this term’s bookings are growing lighter which means I had the time to work on this. Hopefully in the summer holidays, what with re-enactments and Skipton castle, as well as a chance to review the year, I will have some new news stories to impart. In the meantime, it’s back to the (forever) studies for what might become my next new character – a scientific revolution ‘natural philosopher’.
(The picture shows the pirate Captain Burwash in his buccaneer form. If you want to know more about him, click here.)
During a very recent visit as Captain Burwash the pirate to a Yorkshire school I asked the children if there was anything ‘on my person’ they wanted to ask me about – after all I was carrying a lot of things and so far we had only discussed a handful of them.
A little girl put her hand up and asked, “What is that on your back?”
I did the required comedy spin to try and see what she wanted to know, then asked if she meant the cutlass, or the baldrick (belt) it was hanging from.
“No, that,” she said, helpfully pointing at my back again.
I began to list various other things she could mean: My belt bag? The knot on my head scarf?
Then the teacher helpfully answered the girl, “Ah, now you see, Captain Burwash is very hot.”
The girl was asking about the sweat patch!
(Moral of the story: A new linen waistcoat might be cooler than a woolen one, but the consequences of a hot summer’s day are rather more visible!)
As I have done in the last five years, I shall be back at Skipton Castle again for a few weekends this summer 2012.
First I am hoping to attend the Tower Hamlets Trayned Bands Living History event there as a troubled musketeer on the weekend of the 4th and 5th August. Then I shall be there on my own first as ‘Swift Nicks’ Nevison the famous Yorkshire highwayman the following weekend (11th and 12th August) and after that as Colonel Sir John Mallory, castle governor, on the 25th and 26th August.
Here I am back in 2008 being Sir John …
It was 1645 again in 2008
I do not believe I have aged over much since then!