Tomb Four – ‘The Faithful Lord’

‘Ghosts were created when the first man awoke in the night.’

~ James M. Barrie

The Tale:

Gentle reader,

As you take a look at the FOURTH of the THIRTEEN Brigante Tombs nestled in the window among those uniquely intoxicating gifts on display and IF the door is ajar – be sure to pop inside and take a look around, for there is much to see AND taste!

This fabulous building was once the home of Sir Thomas Herbert 1st Baronet who was a noted English explorer, who travelled through Persia and across Europe and with the keen eye of an historian, he would later publish an account of his travels.

As Sir Thomas was a supporter of Parliament during the First Civil War, and sympathetic to the Roundhead cause in their rebellion against the ‘divine right of kings’ and that Parliament alone should exercise supreme control of the administration of the country – he was duly chosen to receive ‘the person of the king’ after the ransom payment of 200,000 had been paid to to the Scottish Parliamentarians.

As the canny Scots had reason to mistrust their English counterparts – they refused to accept the 200 barrels containing the ransom money which had been sent under heavy guard to York until every coin had been accounted for and as such every barrel was opened and checked inside the Inner Chamber of the Guildhall which took over twelve days.

With King Charles I now in custody – Sir Thomas as chosen by Parliament to attend to the King with ‘due observance and loyalty’ during his imprisonment.

As Gentleman of the Bedchamber until the king’s execution for High Treason, Sir Thomas would later publish Threnodia Carolina chronicling the last two years before the king was ‘to the horror of the world, brought to the block’ outside Whitehall Palace in London on Tuesday January 30 1649.

I shall go from a corruptible to an incorruptible Crown, where no disturbance can be.’

~ King Charles I

After the execution, a distraught Sir Thomas travelled to Ireland to begin life as a parliamentary commissioner and as promotion would soon follow, he was rewarded with a Cromwellian knighthood in 1658.

With the restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, he returned to London under a general pardon and after an audience with King Charles II on July 3 – he was created a baronet for the second time!

Sir Thomas remained in London until the Great Plague of 1666 and retired to York for a more peaceful life with his second wife and his surviving children until his death in 1682.

He was laid to rest in the Parish Church of St Crux here in the Pavement and a brass tablet with a very flattering inscription was erected in memory by his widow, the former Elizabeth Cutler.

However, as you leave the former home of Sir Thomas Herbert, why not take a quick stroll along the quaint and atmospheric Lady Peckett’s Yard?

It has been rumoured that the ghost of Lady Alice Peckett and that of another Victorian lady have been known to wander this lane!

The Location:

Lady Peckitt’s Yard. Pavement. York. YO1 9UP