An old thatched cottage on the Melton Road in Oakham, Rutland, was once the home of Jeffrey Hudson, who was born in Oakham in 1619. He was a dwarf, just 3ft 6ins tall. Although he was so small, Jeffrey didn’t allow himself to be treated anything other than a man and during his lifetime he was a soldier, courtier, adventurer and duellist! He fought on the Royalist side in the Civil War and was even said to have been captured by pirates and to have fought several duels . On one occasion he chose pistols on horseback and shot his opponent dead. He became page to the Duke of Buckingham, and it was whilst the Duke was entertaining Charles 1 that Hudson leapt out of a cold pie. Queen Henrietta was so taken with him that he entered her service. A life sized statue of Hudson can be seen in Fyvie Castle in Aberdeeenshire, depicting him as a soldier in helmet and breastplate and with a musket at his side.
Hudson died when he was 63 years old and still only 3ft 6ins tall, a claimant for the world’s smallest man.
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