Shrove Monday, 1583

OTD in history, (Feb 24, 1583) John Eldred departs London on the Tiger, bound for Aleppo, Syria. Returning in 1588 on the Hercules with a wealth of riches, particularly in nutmeg, his journals would inspire Shakespeare to write “her husband’s to Aleppo gone, master o’ the Tiger”.

I am his direct descendant.

He is the subject of my next book.

John Eldred’s bust in Greater Saxham
Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Incidentally, Feb 24, 1583, was Shrove Monday, too.

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