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Address of the President, 20th July, 1920 - Totnes Stone 

Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 52, (1920), pp. 48-61.

by

Edward Windeatt

Prepared by Michael Steer

The Devonshire Association’s Presidential Address was read at its July 1920 Totnes meeting. The author describes and discusses the origin and history of Totnes’ legendary Brutus Stone. This ancient monument has a mythical connection to the ancient explorer said to have founded Britain. Mr Windeatt asserts that it should not to be confused with the London Stone, a similarly ancient rock supposedly linked with Brutus. The famed Totnes stone is a small granite boulder currently embedded in a pavement. According to local tradition, the stone was the first thing Brutus stepped on when he alighted from his ship, saying, “Here I stand and here I rest. And this town shall be called Totnes.” The stone, however, is situated well inland from the River Dart or the sea. Mr Windeatt closed his Presidential Address with the following; “May Totnes people always carefully preserve their venerable and valuable treasure of past days, take the greatest care of it, and endeavour to unravel the traditions which surround it, and may there never come a time when the Sovereign of Great Britain shall not be proclaimed in this ancient and loyal Borough from it, in the presence of a crowd of loyal and devoted subjects”. The Address, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

 

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Anne, Queen56-7
Bagford52
Bartlett, John Esq.49
Boyde, Mr55
Brockedon, William55
Brutus48-9, 53, 59-60
Buchanan, Mr53
Bulmer, Willie55
Cade, Jack50
Carlyon, Mr Edmund56
Chanter57
Coleridge, Lord58
Coote, Mr51
Cornish, James Esq.49-50
Cotton, Mr49, 55
Davis, John60
Diana53
Frake, Sir Francis60
Edmund, King54
Edred, King54
Edward the Elder, King54
Edward the Martyr, King54
Edward I54
Edward VII49
Edwin, King54
Eric53
Ethelred, King54
Edred, King54
Fergus53
Ferris, Richard56
Fleure, Dr60
George V49
Gladstone, Mr52
Gomme, Sir Lawrence50, 53
Grenville60
Hancock, Mr H. Sid56
Hearne52
Hollingshead50-1
Horrace58
Hurrell, Mr S.52
Jacob53-4, 57
Joshua57-8
Kenneth, King53
Kerslake, Mr Thomas58-9
Kirwan, Rev. R., M.A.57
Monmouth, Geoffrey of48, 58, 61
Mortimer50
Napoleon49, 55
Noah59
Northcote, Sir Stafford58
Pease, Edward55
Pennant51
Prince, John48, 58
Raleigh, Sir Walter60
Row, John48, 58
Scott, Sir Walter53
Stephenson, George55
Vespasian58, 60
Virgil58
Wainwright57
Watkins, Mr54
Wellesley, Marquis of58
Winstanley, Miss L.60
Worth, Mr R.N.48