Tuesday, October 27, 2015

27 October--big day for William and Mary Dyer

© 2015 Christy K Robinson

1605 map of the parish of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, showing
the church as the Dyers would have known it
in the 1620s and 1630s. The church is in the top-left
quadrant, near the center of the map.

Do you know the three major events that occurred in the lives of William and Mary Dyer on October 27?

They were married at St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in the borough of Westminster, near London, on October 27, 1633.

They buried their newborn, first-born son, William, at the same church on Oct. 27, 1634.

Mary was taken to the gallows on Boston Neck, outside the city gate, to participate in the hanging of Marmaduke Stevenson and William Robinson, on Oct. 27, 1659. She stood with a noose around her neck until the last moment, thinking she'd be hanged and would enter God's presence. Her reprieve had been arranged nine days earlier, according to court records, but the "honor" of bringing the news of the reprieve was given to her fourth child, then a teenager, William Dyer. He would later receive the royal appointment of customs inspector for New York, and then mayor of New York.

Christy K Robinson is the author of three 5-star books on the Dyers.

There is a fourth event involving the Dyers on October 27, 2013: It was publication date of The Dyers of London, Boston, & Newport, a nonfiction book about the Dyers, their associates, and their culture, written by Christy K Robinson. 

Christy K Robinson, wearing a scarf
she had made from an image of
of Mary Dyer's handwriting
from Oct. 26, 1659.
Christy K Robinson is author of these books (click the colored title): 
Mary Dyer Illuminated Vol. 1 (2013)   
Effigy Hunter (2015)   

And of these sites:  
Discovering Love  (inspiration and service)
Rooting for Ancestors  (history and genealogy)
William and Mary Barrett Dyer (17th century culture and history of England and New England)
Editornado [ed•i•tohr•NAY•doh] (Words. Communications. Book reviews. Cartoons.)

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