OUR MOST
DISTINGUISHED
LODGER?

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THE DUKE OF LANCASTER OR A 'PAUPER LUNATIC'?

OXFORD CHRONICLE
12TH JUNE, 1869

 

Tuesday last the Superintendent of the Borough Police received information that a distinguished guest was staying at the Swan and Castle Inn.

It appeared that the Duke of Buckingham had received a letter from the gentleman in question, and judging from the tone and signature of it that it must come from insane person, his grace sent down the Swan and Castle about it.

At the same time Superintendent Howe received a communication from Northampton giving the description of a missing lunatic from the asylum, and, on the Superintendent going to the Swan and Castle he found a visitor there who answered the description.

 

He said he was the Duke of Lancaster and at first refused to accompany the Superintendent, but after some little persuasion he agreed do so, and went with him to the gaol, where was taken care of. A telegram was accordingly sent to Northampton, and afterwards a keeper came and took back the poor fellow to his quarters in the Asylum. During his stay at the inn he ordered hot meals and paid for the same in a very rational way. He, however, rather alarmed the inmates at night ringing the bells and making a great disturbance.

BUCKINGHAM EXPRESS
12TH JUNE, 1869

 

ESCAPE OF A LUNATIC - OR Monday, a man named Thomas Chaloner, a pauper lunatic, who, it appears, had escaped from the Northampton Lunatic Asylum found his way into the town and was noticed by several persons as a somewhat peculiar stranger. He was arrested by Superintendent Howe, and taken care of, who telegraphed to the Superintendent of the Asylum, who sent an attendant, by whom he was taking back on the evening of the 8th of June.