Famous and Infamous Kettles
Sally and Sarah Kettle, atlantic rowers
In The Fund for Epilepsy's Epic Challenge, in 2004 Sally and Sarah Kettle rowed more
than 3000 miles across the Atlantic and not content with that, Sally is off on
another mad stunt!
Wolfgang Ketterle, Nobel Prize winner
Wolfgang Ketterle won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2001
Edmund Ketyll came from Kettlebaston in Suffolk, England. He was buried on 29th
October 1602, aged 120.
Source: Kettlebaston Parish Register
Jack Kettle, outlaw
Jack Kettle led a large band of thieves and
outlaws in Wyoming, USA in the late 1880's. The band roamed through Freemont
and Johnson counties, robbing stores, settlers, and stagecoaches. Several deaths
were attributed to Kettle and his ruthless gang. The gang became so powerful that
it built a sprawling log "castle" or fort in the Big Horn Mountains and a second
fort at the mouth of a canyon leading to the main headquarters. Vigilantes
finally resolved to wipe out the band and more than 150 people stormed the Big
Horn bastion in 1889. They seized 11 of the band, including Kettle, and lynched
them. One newspaper report of the day related that, " the bodies were buried
before they were cold."
Source: Thom Kettle
Benjamin Kettle, schoolmaster
Benjamin Kettle was schoolmaster at Bottisham, Cambridge, England for 70 years.
Details of his life are on the Cambridgeshire Genealogy pages.
Ma and Pa Kettle
movie review of seven 'Ma and Pa Kettle' movies which were made in
the 1940's and 1950's.
George Kiddle of Sherborne
A grandfather clock made by clockmaker George Kiddle in Sherborne
Ted Kittles - Vagrant
... The master explained it all very carefully and saw it
as a kind of triumph that Ted was actually pulling up turnips the way
he was told. After the master had gone, the routine continued for a few
minutes until a turnip with deeper roots momentarily resisted. After
a good deal of contemplation though not much effort Ted decided that he
could not proceed with the job until this obstacle was overcome. He
therefore made himself comfortable until the master's return, having
thoughtfully put a noose of cord over the offending turnip top with
which he hoped the master would help to pull it free ...
"This is the fourteenth time we've seen you." an Ipswich magistrate
told him wearily. "Well", answered Ted, "I'm glad to see you keep
you books up to date." ... The story goes that the magistrate gave way
to his irritation at one point by saying "You've got enough brass to
make a copper." "P'raps so," retorted Ted, "and I reckon you've got
enough water in yar hid to fill it."
Source: Colourful Characters from East Anglia. H Mills West
Kettles in the news
I heard on the radio this morning (18 January 1998) that a Doug KETTLE,
a US citizen is reckoned to have gained access to around 30,000 (soccer)
World Cup tickets what a killing especially when the England team
supporters have only been allocated 4,800! I think the headline was drawn
from a UK newspaper today ... No, I never did hear any more on that report.
It must have been in one of the daily newspapers. I did a search on the
Electronic Telegraph site though which revealed:
1) The dismissal of non-league football team Stalybridge Celtic's manager
Brian KETTLE (a former Liverpool F.C. full-back). Reported on
28 November 1997.
2) A rower, Martin KETTLE of Queen's Tower (must be his club) who won the
Scullers Head competition from Mortlake to Putney in 20m 31.9s. Reported
on 7 April 1997.
Source: Mike James
Sir Rupert Kettle
Rupert Kettle is a member of a Huguenot family called Quitel who left
France after the Revocation of Nantes, moved to Birmingham, England and
anglicised their name to Kettle. Rupert Kettle (1817-1894) was a lawyer who
developed boards of arbitration to resolve trade disputes and was knighted
for his services. He was known as the poor man's lawyer and is credited with
the phrase 'A fair day's pay for a fair day's work.'
Source: 'Kettle Family History' by David Annand.
A web page all about the life and works of Sir Rupert Kettle
A portrait of Sir Rupert Alfred Kettle in the National Portrait Gallery
An etching of Sir Rupert Alfred Kettle which is owned by a descendent
Capt. Wilson Kettle
Capt. Wilson Kettle (1860 - 1963) died leaving 11 children by 2 wives, 65
grandchildren, 201 great-grandchildren and 305 great-great-grandchildren, for a
total of 582 living descendants.
Source: Found by Mike James. From 1980 Guinness Book Of Records.
Ketil Flatnose; Viking ruler of the Hebrides c 855 AD
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In 1324 the Bishop of Ossory, in Ireland accused Alice Kyteler of
being the leader of a group of heretics and witches who sacrificed
to the Devil at nocturnal meetings and performed magical rites to
entrap and murder men or render them impotent. This was one of the
first witchcraft trials and she was found guilty of intercourse with
a familiar, sacrifice of roosters and dripping candles.
It seems that Alice was the victim in a battle for power between King
and Church. The Narrative was written by the winner.
Source: The Narrative was printed (in Latin) by the Camden
Society, London in 1843 as 'A Contemporary Narrative of the
proceedings against Alice Kyteler prosecuted for Sorcery in 1324.'
The booklet also contains other relevant documents to put the trial
in context . It has now been translated into English as 'The
Sorcery Trial of Alice Kyteler' ISBN 0-86698-171-3 and costs about
Captain Owen Kettle was the hero of a series of books written by CJ
Cutcliffe Hyne. Captain Kettle sails the world; meets dagoes, savages
and mermaids, struggles through the jungle while racked with fever
in the cause of justice, converts heathens and is a crack shot with a
"No, " Captain Kettle was saying, "no being King for me, Doctor,
thankyou. I've been offered a King's ticket once, and that sickened
me of the job for good and always. The world's evidently been going
on too long to start a new kingdom nowadays, and I'm too much of a
conservative to try and break the rule. No, a republic's the thing,
and as you may say, I'm the stronger man of the two of us, Doc, you
may sign me on as President."
Source: Further Adventures of Captain Kettle by CJ Cutcliffe Hyne.
Published 1899 by C Arthur Pearson Limited.
12 year old Harriet lived at Gressenhall workhouse, Norfolk, England
in 1851. This was 'Oliver Twist' time when life in a workhouse was
very harsh. In 1853 she was found
Guilty of great misbehaviour by destroying the food and other
property of the Guardians and by wilfully disobeying the orders of
the Master and using obscene and violent language.
She continued to regularly get into trouble and then she accused the
schoolmaster of making her pregnant. She was locked into a room under
the stairs and set fire to her bedding.
On being placed in the dock and asked if she were guilty or not
stated first that she was not guilty and then for a minute or two
poured forth a torrent of words, the purport of which was that she
did not wish to burn the union, but to kill herself, that she had
been very badly treated by the authorities at the workhouse, and by
everyone else and that she would kill herself whatever they might do
to prevent her, for she would be ill treated or conquered by nobody.'
Harriet was shuttled between the local lunatic asylum and the local
prison for several years until she was finally released in 1861.
Source: Gressenhall workhouse, which is now a museum of rural life.
Professor Arnold Kettle (1916 London-1986) was an inspired teacher
and perhaps the most distinguished Marxist literary critic of his
generation. For many years he was an English lecturer at Leeds
University, which became a powerhouse of British literary criticism
with a worldwide influence through the large number of Third World
students attracted to the University. He was a lifelong member of
the Communist Party and was on the editorial board of Marxism Today.
Source: Extracted from obituary in ?The Guardian?.
29 October 2005