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Edward Sexby and "The Devil's Whore" by Peter Flannery

 
adrian
#1 | Posted: 18 Dec 2008 17:41 | Edited by: adrian
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Bill Goldthorp wrote: In the second episode of "The Devil's Whore" Channel 4's English Civil War (1638 to 1660) drama written by Peter Flannery the antihero Edward Sexby is sitting at a cmpfire with Angelica the heroine. He starts a discussion on bog bodies, with:

"When they drained the fens in Axholme where I was born"

Bill enquired with Peter and received the following reply: "To be frank I cannot now remember whether I linked Sexby with Axholme because I had become intrigued by accounts of the bog bodies, or whether there is an actual historical link between ES and the place. All I can remember (this part of the story was created a dozen years ago) is that I wanted to associate Sexby with a pre-Christian world, and to have him originate from a remote part of England. Yours sincerely, Peter Flannery"
skydruid
#2 | Posted: 25 Dec 2008 13:22
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I have searched through all my parish baptisms for the Isle during the 1600s and can't find a single Sexby.There are a couple of Saxbys in Wroot in the 1800s but that is all.
regards Pat Jones
adrian
#3 | Posted: 12 Jan 2009 11:36
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Perhaps Edward Sexby roots were Saxby (on Humber) All Saints, Lincolnshire of Saxby, Lincolnshire (between Gainsborough and Market Rasen) ?
Mary
#4 | Posted: 13 Jan 2009 04:09
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There are various internet resources where there are entries for Edward Sexby. The suggested probable birthplace is Suffolk.
adrian
#5 | Posted: 14 Jan 2009 07:26
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Hi Mary, I have seen the references to Suffolk, yet they are unsubstantiated. So I was wondering if the Sexby name originated from the place Sexby (or Saxby)?
Mary
#6 | Posted: 14 Jan 2009 14:42
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Adrian, thank you for pointing this out. I suppose that the only way to reach any definite conclusion on the point of Edward Sexby's birt place would be if a specific parish register entry could be identified. In the absence of that nothing can be absolutely ruled in or out.
In the Dictionary of National Biography the entry for Edward Sexby mentions that he was a native of Suffolk
There is some evidence for presence of the Sexby name in Suffolk during the 17th century and the Parish Records burials collection yields some entries for Rickinghall one for 1680 another for 1681 and another for 1691

Looking on the National Trust Names website it looks a though on the 1881 map the name was most commonly found in Essex and Suffolk followed by East Sussex/Kent but also less commonly in Lincolnshire

Looking on the same website for the Saxby version of the name the commonest area for 1881 is East Sussex/Kent and Dartford The name is also found in Lincoln and a less so in the Hull area
The same website classifies Saxby as a locational name but does not give any classification for Sexby
skydruid
#7 | Posted: 18 Jan 2009 06:55
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There is also an Edward Saxby listed in IGI as born about 1600 in Stoke Goldington , Bucks
Pat Jones
Mary
#8 | Posted: 18 Jan 2009 12:20
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The nearest reference I can find for a similar name to Saxby in Lincolsnhire on the IGI is for an Edward Saxelbye who married an Isabell Burd at Horbling 13th October 1576. There is one will for an Edward Sexby in the national archives with a catalogue date of 1658. This was the year Edward Sexy died. He refers to his wife as Mary and a sister also called Mary whose surname I have not deciphered. The will was made in 1657 the burial at Rickinghall in Suffolk in 1681 was for a Mary Sexby.
 
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