Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Hartlepool Monkey

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/mediareleases/release.php?id=1649

University of Aberdeen

Media Releases
12 January 2009

How monkey murder brought British coastal towns together

How two British coastal communities, hundreds of miles apart, came to be associated with a centuries-old tale of monkey murder has been investigated as part of a new study.

Research on the cultural identity of British fishing communities has thrown up a bloody link between the Scottish village of Boddam, near Peterhead, and Hartlepool in North-east England.

According to legend, the Hartlepool monkey was the only survivor of a shipwrecked French warship during the Napoleonic Wars. It was found dressed in full military uniform, presumably for the amusement of the crew. [...]