Amsterdam Refugees

When the Scrooby Pilgrims’ 1607 first attempt to immigrate to the Lowlands failed, they returned to Scrooby and organized for another attempt. Their 1608 efforts resulted in successfully becoming the Amsterdam refugees. It was a mixed blessing. No longer must they worry about searchers and enforces rounding them up and handing them over to authorities. Instead they had to worry about where they would live and how they could support themselves in a bustling city, […]

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Meet A Few Pilgrim Authors

I’ve been offering blog readers tours of places that played a role in the Mayflower story. You can visit Scrooby, York, and Boston in England at your leisure. Before we emigrate with the Pilgrims to Holland, I want you to meet a few Pilgrim Authors – that is authors who have researched and written about the Mayflower story. These people have devoted years to researching and writing about the fascinating stories behind the Mayflower story. […]

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Pandemics, Protests, Pilgrims, Pokanokets and Puritans

What do pandemics, protests, Pilgrims, Pokanoket and Puritans have to do with the Boston in England? That Boston is one of the many international stops planned along the 2020 Mayflower400 International Partner Trail. Historians spent years planning a series of special events and displays to commemorate the journey that brought Pilgrims to New England in 1620. The 2020 pandemic has cancelled most of those plans. An earlier pandemic played a part in the story, bringing those […]

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York Castle and the Mayflower Pilgrims

The ancient Roman city of York was a major site of political and religious influence in Northern England during the time period when the Separatists gathered for underground worship in the Scrooby Manor. By the dawn of the seventeenth century religious rebels were imprisoned there for challenging the authorities. York Castle is located only fifty miles to the north of Scrooby, along the Great North Road. Author Sue Allan, the official historian of Scrooby Manor, […]

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Scrooby, England and the Mayflower Pilgrims

As far as I’m concerned, the Mayflower story begins in Scrooby, England in the very late 1500s and early 1600s. Come with me to explore this little community far off today’s beaten path. According to a Legacies of History article about Scrooby, the village’s population then was between 150 and 200 people. Today it still a small village, with a population of less than 500, located on the River Ryton, near the confluence with the […]

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