CULINARY DWARF, Fyvie Castle, Aberdeenshire. (See commen ts box for story).

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Roy Pledger on January 24, 2012

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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    by Roy Pledger
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