Further to ‘previous highlights of Sir William Vaughan’s life‘, I think this remedy for scurvy is an essential read! Should anyone decide to try it, feedback please!
Sir William Vaughan 1575 – 1641: ‘The Newlanders Cure’
Middleton Estate connection :
Uncle of Mary Vaughan. Henry Middleton and Mary are thought to have been the first to live in the original Middleton Hall.
Welsh writer and pioneer.
Colonisation of Newfoundland :
In an attempt to relieve the overpopulation, poverty and apathy of his fellow countrymen he attempted to colonise land in Newfoundland.
One of his books ‘The Newlanders Cure’ was written in 1630 to address some of the ailments suffered by the early settlers.
Cure for scurvy :
Don’t try this at home!
1 change the clothing to clean linen
2 sleep in dry, boarded rooms that have little or no draft
3 beat and burn one acre of land round the dwelling
4 eat only meats which are tender, light of digestion and would not soon be corrupted
5 eat lots of prunes, raisons and currants
6 drams of rhubarbs with cinnamon and sugar five times a day to purge the system
7 have baths of brimstone once a week
William Vaughan : His Life
William Vaughan : The Colonisation of Newfoundland