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Thomas Linacre was born in Canterbury in about 1460. He entered All Souls College, Oxford in 1480 and distinguished himself in Greek. He then studied in Rome, gaining a knowledge of Greek and Latin which made him one of the foremost humanistic scholars of his time. He also studied medicine at Vicenza, receiving his medical degree at Padua. Ten years later, back in England, Linacre became physician to King Henry VIII and regular attendant to many of the most prominent people in the country. He was also the close friend of Sir Thomas More and Erasmus. After 11 years as a physician, Thomas Linacre resigned to become a priest.

He devoted the fortune from his medical practice to the foundation of chairs in Greek medicine at Oxford and Cambridge University and to the establishment of the Royal College of Physicians. After Linacre obtained his charter for the College, no-one except a regular physician could practice in and around London.

Thomas Linacre was rector of Wigan between 1519 and 1524.

Source: University of Oxford, Linacre College web site.

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Afton Water

Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green braes, Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise;
My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream, Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.

Thou stock-dove, whose echo resounds thro' the glen, Ye wild whistling blackbirds in yon thorny den,
Thou green-crested lapwing, thy screaming forbear, I charge you disturb not my slumbering fair.

How lofty, sweet Afton, thy neighbouring hills, Far mark'd with the courses of clear winding rills;
There daily I wander as noon rises high, My flocks and my Mary's sweet cot in my eye.

How pleasant thy banks and green vallies below, Where wild in the woodlands the primroses blow;
There oft, as mild ev'ning leaps over the lea, The sweet-scented birk shades my Mary and me.

Thy chrystal stream, Afton, how lovely it glides, And winds by the cot where my Mary resides,
How wanton thy waters her snowy feet lave, As gathering sweet flowrets she stems thy clear wave.

Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green braes, Flow gently, sweet river, the theme of my lays;
My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream, Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.

Robert Burns 1759 - 1796

Progrediamur - may we advance

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    Asbach Uralt

    A souvenier from Rudesheim

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    Plantation Gates

    Wigan Lane

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    The Rockery

    Mesnes Park

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    The Shelter

    Mesnes Park

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    The Rockery

    Mesnes Park

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    The Bandstand

    Mesnes Park

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    Cherry Gardens

    Mesnes Road

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    Cherry Gardens

    Mesnes Road

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