Turning of the Tide - Legends of the Shire
Turning of the Tide are pleased to announce the release of their second single 'Legends of the Shire' for free download. These two songs are based on well-known murder cases, both occurring during the 1800s.
'The Ballad of the Temporal Son' is the story of the murder of Mary Kirkham by Tom Otter. Tom (also known as Tom Temporal) was forced to marry Mary after getting her pregnant. Not content with his lot in life, and possibly fearing arrest for bigamy (he was already married), he did what any wrong-thinking gent would do, and bashed her head in with a stake. Tom was subsequently arrested for her murder, and the inquest was carried out at the Sun Inn in Saxilby. There are historical tales of Mary haunting the kitchens at the Sun Inn, and of the murder weapon disappearing and re-appearing near the scene of the crime. Of course, this is just a folkloric embellishment of the story.
'The Dark and the Emerald Green' tells the tale of Eliza Joyce who murdered her daughter and step-children. She was found not-guilty during her initial trial, due largely to a lack of evidence against her, and a convincing lie on her behalf. However, for reasons unknown, she elected to confess her sin later while at Boston Workhouse. Her infamous comment during her confession to the Workhouse Overseer (Mr Sturdy) - as to why she had committed the murder - was "“I don’t know, except I thought it was such a troublesome thing to bring a family of children into this troublesome world.” Arguably, Eliza had deeper psychological issues that manifested into this monstrous crime.
Of course, there is nothing glamorous about our tales but the history is fascinating. These are, however, just a couple of the many stories that Lincolnshire has to offer; a rich tapestry throughout the past. These are, indeed, Legends of the Shire.