Author explores legend of the Westfor...

Author explores legend of the Westford knight

There are 15 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Sep 22, 2010, titled Author explores legend of the Westford knight. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

It's a modern-day knight's tale. For more than five decades, historians from near and far have been trying to uncover rock-solid evidence to validate the legend of the Westford knight.

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poppycock

Littleton, MA

#1 Sep 22, 2010
One of the older townies says he remembers his older brother carving knight.
hammerhead

Lexington, MA

#2 Sep 22, 2010
Brave Sir Robin ran away.
Bravely ran away, away!
When danger reared its ugly head,
He bravely turned his tail and fled.
Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about
And gallantly he chickened out.
Bravely taking to his feet
He beat a very brave retreat,
Bravest of the brave, Sir Robin
Dave Goudsward

Jupiter, FL

#3 Sep 22, 2010
The earliest published report of the carving is Nason's Massachusetts Gazeteer in 1874. So your townie is very well preserved.
poppycock wrote:
One of the older townies says he remembers his older brother carving knight.
Doubt it

Acton, MA

#4 Sep 22, 2010
Why did this article bury the only scholarly investigation on the bottom of the page? The investogation that says this myth is unlikely to be true?

Nostradamus

United States

#5 Sep 22, 2010
Doubt it wrote:
Why did this article bury the only scholarly investigation on the bottom of the page? The investogation that says this myth is unlikely to be true?
Maybe because if they put that at the beginning, the rest of the story would look like nonsense, and they'd look foolish for publishing it.
Mike J

Lakeland, FL

#6 Sep 22, 2010
Preserve something of significance? Their too busy protesting a parking lot.
Denise

Worcester, MA

#7 Sep 22, 2010
The "older townie" referred to was Gordon Seavey who died some years ago. Mr. Seavey vehemently denied any historical significant of the stone and as I recall, he did state that a relative or some other person carved it as a joke. I live across from the Westford Knight stone and I for one, find it to be a lovely story whether its true of not. Someone has at least been attempting to preserve the stone, as it has been covered the past few winters.
Denise

Worcester, MA

#8 Sep 22, 2010
typo "significance" not significant.
justme

Lowell, MA

#9 Sep 22, 2010
Just shows that America has been the land of opportunity for a long, long time.
Corn Poo

Quincy, MA

#10 Sep 22, 2010
I want to eat 8 ears of corn from Eric's and then drop a smelly corn poo all over the knight. Maybe I'll do it today, since it's hot and steamy outside.
Thomas

Westford, MA

#11 Sep 22, 2010
Dave Goudsward wrote:
The earliest published report of the carving is Nason's Massachusetts Gazeteer in 1874. So your townie is very well preserved.
<quoted text>
Yeah, very true. No townie carved it, that's for sure.

I actually find it amusing that people can't wrap there heads around the idea of Scotsmen being in New England when there are plenty of well documented treks by vikings etc. to the "new world" before the time of any "Westford Knight" stuff.
another story debunked

Stoneham, MA

#12 Sep 22, 2010
Is this as tall a tale as so called "Americs's Stonehenge" in Winham NH?
Now there is some pseudohistory
Townie01887

Dallas, TX

#13 Sep 22, 2010
Hurry and do something before it gets destroyed like the idiot in Wilmington did to the historic "DOG POUND".
hammerhead

Lexington, MA

#14 Sep 22, 2010
Thomas wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, very true. No townie carved it, that's for sure.
I actually find it amusing that people can't wrap there heads around the idea of Scotsmen being in New England when there are plenty of well documented treks by vikings etc. to the "new world" before the time of any "Westford Knight" stuff.
there were plenty of other people here before columbus! he discovered a land already inhabited!
MassAtty

Middleton, MA

#15 Sep 29, 2010
What struck me when I first saw the stone a few years ago was how the sword itself appears to be somewhat raised as compared to the section of what folks who saw it around 50 years ago and swore that a full knight was visible (i.e., the coat of arms, the shield, body etc).

Who knows, but the shape of the rock is absolutly consistent with the sword remaining due to this fact. In other words, weathering has erased most of it but the sword remains. For now, anyway.

Given that it is referenced in documents as having existed at least by 1874 or so, one thing perplexes me about the 'hoax' theory: Who would have bothered? What is lost of people is that unlike our current culture, back then few to none had the propensity to do such things. Whyw ould there not be a myriad of such punch-hole effigies found all around New England if it was a hoax?

I am not saying this is dispositive, and thus means the Knight is a genuine medieval artifact.

However, I am saying that before dismissing the possibility, the opposite hypothesis ought to be subjected to at least as much scrutiny and logical analysis.

There are a great many unexplained archaeological anaomolies found in
New England, including and especially Massachusetts. Carved stone turtles are everywhere. Stone turtle effigies as well. It may well be that the carved ones were the inspiration for the effigies, the later of which are mostly ostensibly Native American in origin. truly fascninating. I have read scores of books on this already.

Before dismissing it all out of hand, those who do so would be well advised that for decades traditional archaeology similarly dismissed the claims of a small minority who swore that the Norse Sagas had historical validity and were indicative of the Vikings having reached North America.

Then in 1960 traditional archaeology was proven dramatically wrong in L'Anse Au Meadows, Newfoundland.

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