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Did you know that a law still apparently on the statue books that makes it legal to shoot a Scotsman in York? But only with a bow and arrow and definitely not on Sundays. We strongly recommend not testing this out, as little matters like the law of murder would over-ride any such archaic remnants; and some of our best friends are Scottish. Though it is tempting to list a few others... no, best not.

Did you know that Lancelot Blackburne, Archbishop of York from 1724 to 1743, served as a pirate in the Caribbean in his younger days though he was already ordained by then? His clerical career progressed on his return to England, but not it seems his morality: he was once ejected from a church for asking for his pipe and beer; and his wife objected to his mistress moving in with them.

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Famous York people:

Frankie Howerd
Guy Fawkes
John Barry
John Snow
Joseph Rowntree
Judi Dench
Martin Rees
Seebohm Rowntree
Steve McLaren
Vince Cable
W H Auden
William Rosse
William Vernon Harcourt

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Brit Quote:
I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first - Peter Ustinov
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On this day:
Owen Glendower wins at Bryn Glas - 1402, Battle of Bothwell Bridge - 1679, The Somerset Case Judgement - 1772, Beginnings of the V&A - 1857, Victorias Diamond Jubilee - 1897, SS Empire Windrush Docks at Tilbury - 1948
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