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Friday, February 12, 2010
Sir George Sitwell
British poet and author, Edith Sitwell was certainly no stranger to the odd, as demonstrated in her book, English Eccentrics. Her father was one of the greatest.
Sir George Sitwell, son of Sir Sitwell Sitwell, was a noted amateur landscape gardener with a fondness for shooting wasps. In fact he invented a pistol for just such purposes. He wasn't much of a shot, but seemingly enjoyed it immensely.
My favorite tale of Sir George relates to a sign he had posted at the front gate of his home, Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire.
In its entirety the sign read:
I believe I would forgive a man anything who had the good sense to post this notice at his front door.
“A great many people now reading and writing would be better employed keeping rabbits.” Edith Sitwell