Much of the text of this entry comes from issue 82 of the DragonKing Press Newsletter available as a downloadable .pdf in the digital downloads section.
Sir Thomas Parkyns, a friend of Sir Isaac Newton, writes a manual of wrestling: The Inn Play or Cornish Hugg Wrestler. Sir Thomas Parkyns himself was allegedly a wrestler.
The following is a quote about Sir Thomas Parkyns: “This remarkable man”, says Everard Guilford, “is best known for his passion for wrestling, which he encouraged by the institution of annual wrestling matches held on a piece of ground, now in the gardens of the ‘Rancliffe Arms’. He published a book called Inn Play, or Cornish Hugg Wrestler (1727), made a collection of stone coffins, and was buried in one of them, while over him is erected a monument, which he had made during his lifetime, representing him as a wrestler overcome by death.”
A page from The Inn Play or Cornish Hugg Wrestler by Sir Thomas Parkyns.
Sir Thomas Parkyns memorial in England.
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