Whistlejacket as painted by the British artist George Stubbs showing the Marquess of Rockingham’s racehorse approximately at life-size, rearing up against a plain background.
The art work has been described as “a paradigm of the flawless beautify of an Arabian thoroughbred” … it can now be seen in the National Gallery.
Whistlejacket in another context is a “Mahogany” – and in Yorkshire it is considered a traditional cold remedy … a rather daunting mix ….
… a curious liquor peculiar to the Cornish Fishermen in the late 1700s … it is made with two parts gin, and one part treacle, well beaten together … and was made into a ‘very good liquor’.
The pirates of Cornwall … note that in a biography of Ashley Hutchings, the founder of the folk-rock bands Fairport Convention and SteeleyeSpan, the members mentioned this drink … they remembered “Mahogany” but very little else about the night!!
That is W for What Should be a Well Forgotten recipe for a Walloping cold, but is W for a Wondrous Work of Whistlejacket, the Arabian thoroughbred … from Aspects of British County Rare Breeds …
Counties with the letter W …
(note some Counties have been retired!, or amended over historical local government … but some I’ve included)
England: Warwickshire; West Midlands; Westmorland; West Sussex; Wiltshire; Worcestershire
Northern Ireland: None
Scotland: West Lothian; Wigtownshire
Pyracy - Cornish Sea Shanties ... see notes in this site
The Old Foodie ... James Boswell - Pepys' biographer ... describes the drink ...
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