300 YEARS OF HISTORY
PUBLISHED AUGUST 2015
Not only giving you every known competitors name for Doggett's Coat and Badge, even those who lost out in the drawing of lots or trial heats; this book, by Robert Cottrell, will give an account of virtually every race between 1715-2015, including heats and re-rows. In addition, it will give you an accurate list of Doggett winners and known finalists.
Do you think Thomas Doggett "died a pauper" as recorded on the plaque on the outside wall of St.John's Church at Eltham? R.Cottrell thinks he did and offers extensive circumstantial evidence pointing to this conclusion, as well as the characters associated during Doggett's time. Was the first race in 1715 or 1716, the evidence is placed before you, and you can decide for yourself?
Was Doggett caught up in the biggest financial scandal this country has ever known, the Government of the day was certainly implemented, with nagging fingers pointing to the throne itself? Why were there so many deaths around the time of Doggett's demise, and could there be a connection?
The names recorded in Doggett's will - Edward Burt, Thomas Reynolds and Sir George Markham, is there a connection, and what part did they play in Doggett's gift "the Coat and Badge" that Doggett willed to be rowed for ever on the first of August.
Was Doggett a wealthy man, or did he borrow money to put his gift into fruition? Was Doggett whiter than white, or did his own stubbiness bringing about his downfall?