Curious Historical Fact

08 Jul
Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon. Clarendon ...

Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon. Clarendon is dressed in the garb of the Lord Chancellor, a position he held 1658-1667. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I love going through very old books and documents.  I escape this world, it seems, while I immerse myself in words written so long ago.  I read the French and the English, though it can seem like a new language — the words used in different ways than I’m used to.


Today I read Vol. 1, No. 1, December 1838, a monthly magazine published in Montreal called The Literary Garland.  Following is an article called “Curious Historical Fact”:


“During the troubles in the reign of King Charles I, a country girl came up to London in search of a place as a servant maid; but not succeeding, she applied herself to carrying out the beer from a brew-house, and was one of those then called tub-women.  The brewer observing a well-looking girl in this low occupation, took her into his family as a servant, and after a while, she behaving herself with so much prudence and decorum, he married her; but he died when she was yet a young woman, and left her a large fortune.  The business of the brewery was dropped, and the young woman was recommended to Mr. Hyde, as a Gentleman of skill in the law, to settle her affairs.  Hyde (who was afterwards the great Earl of Clarendon) finding the widow’s fortune very considerable, married her.  Of this marriage there was no other issue than a daughter who was afterwards the wife of James II, and mother of Mary and Anne, queen of England.”


Okay, so I looked up “tub-woman” to see if I could get a definition.  At I was given this: “A drawer of beer at a country public-house.”  It’s the only definition I’ve been able to find so far.


Next, I wanted to find out who the great Earl of Clarendon was.  Well, it was  a title that has been created twice in British history, in 1661 and 1776.  To read more about him, I suggest a quick read at Wikipedia.


I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself in my second post of the day!



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15 responses to “Curious Historical Fact

  1. avwalters

    July 9, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    nobility mobility…first looks, then money…the long-standing ladders to success

    • tkmorin

      July 9, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Aren’t they though? Yep, thems the ticket!! 🙂 I wish I had either!

  2. L. Marie

    July 9, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Wow. Opportunity knocks!

  3. seeker

    July 8, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I think the Earl took advantage of the tub-woman. The first story is like a Cinderella Story, the second one, hmmm… what happened to this married. To be continued?

    • tkmorin

      July 9, 2013 at 10:02 am

      In history, there’s always a “to be continued”! In royalty there are always heirs …. To be continued! That this woman became a part of the royal family, despite her humble beginnings, is interesting to me … And in some small part, offers hope for even the poorest of a “better” life …I’m rambling again … 🙂

      • seeker

        July 9, 2013 at 3:42 pm

        I hope there is love in the story. I am just a sucker for romance. 😛

        • tkmorin

          July 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm

          I know, me too! There were a few sentiments there that looked like she was a catch because she had money, but then, maybe it worked out that way in those days … 🙂

  4. Debra She Who Seeks

    July 8, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Wow! From being a beer wench to being the grandmother of Queens — her story would make a great novel!

    • tkmorin

      July 8, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Wouldn’t it though! 🙂 thanks for dropping by!

  5. michaelmulholland

    July 8, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Wonderful my friend

    • tkmorin

      July 8, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you! I appreciate the kind words. 🙂

      • michaelmulholland

        July 8, 2013 at 10:17 pm

        You’re most welcome my friend…

  6. weggieboy

    July 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Talk about upward mobility! (Or nobility, as it were!)


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