A Description Of Jonathan Martin

from by Gary Miller with Keith Armstrong, Iain Petrie & Friends

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Following the failure of the search to track down Jonathan Martin in Leeds, the authorities drafted an advertisement offering a reward of 100 pounds for his capture which was heavily circulated throughout the whole of the north-east via all the region’s principal newspapers and on thousands of printed posters.

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A DESCRIPTION OF JONATHAN MARTIN
(from his 'Wanted' poster of February 1829)

He is a rather stout man, about five feet six inches high, with light hair cut close, coming to a point in the centre of the forehead, and high above the temples, and has large bushy red whiskers: he is between forty and fifty years of age; and of singular manners. He usually wears a single-breasted blue coat, with a stand-up collar, and buttons covered with the same cloth; a black cloth waistcoat, and blue cloth trousers; half-boots laced up in front, and a glazed broad-brimmed low-crowned hat. Sometimes he wears a double-breasted blue coat, with yellow buttons. When travelling he wears a large black leather cape coming down to his elbows, with two pockets within the cape; across the back of the leather cape there is a square piece of dark-coloured fur, extending from one shoulder point to the other. At other times he wears a drab-coloured greatcoat, with a large cape and shortish skirts. When seen at York last Sunday, he had on the double-breasted blue coat, a common hat, and his greatcoat.

(Words: anon. / Tune: ‘The Keel Row’ - Trad. arr. Richard Doran & Mick Tyas)

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from Mad Martins, releases September 4, 2017
Keith Armstrong - Spoken Word
Mick Tyas - Mandolin
Richard Doran - Dulcimer

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Mad Martins England, UK

'Mad Martins' is a unique project by poet Keith Armstrong and songwriter Gary Miller featuring original songs, poetry and spoken word narration depicting the extraordinary life and times of the notorious Martin brothers, William, Jonathan and John, who were born in the late Eighteenth Century in the South Tyne area of Northumberland. ... more

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