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

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

A 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 c1830.

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
Etching of Sir Rupert
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

This item has now been MOVED to the section on Viking Kettles.

Alice Kyteler

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 $10 US.

Captain Kettle

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 rifle.

"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.

Harriet Kettle

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.

Arnold Kettle

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?.

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29 October 2005
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