An illustration from the Hystorica Calamitatum of the Bathing of the MacThoy Men. --ed

September 2-5, 1666

In all likelihood, the only good thing that came of the Great Fire of London (besides halting the spread of the Black Death) was that the MacThoy Men began bathing once a year.

The fire started in the house of the King's baker in Pudding Lane and raged for 4 days before finally being brought under control.


Samuel Pepys, famed diarist, recorded it thusly,

So I (went) down to the water-side and there got a boat and through bridge, and there saw a lamentable fire.  Poor Michells house, as far as the Old Swan, already burned that way and the fire running further, that in a very little time it got as far as the Stillyard while I was there.  Everybody endeavoring to remove their goods, and flinging into the River or bringing them into lighters that lay off.  Poor people staying in their houses as long as till the very fire touched them, and then running into boats or clambering from one pair of stair by the water-side to another.

. . . .saw how horridly the sky looks, all on fire in the night, was enough to put us out of our wits; and endeed it was extremely dreadfull -- for it looks just as if it was at us and the whole heaven on fire.

A monument was erected and still stands in London, tho' the original text was removed.  It attributed the Great Fire to the "treachery and malice of the Popish faction and carrying on their horrid plot for extirpating the Protestant religion and old English liberty and introducing Popery and slavery."

This is obviously a references to the MacThoy antipopes and their fabrication of Papal Indulgences.

Recent evidence has been uncovered to reveal that it was not unattended coals that started the blaze but a more unfortunate mishap.

Prior to this time in history, people did not spend a lot of time with personal hygiene and Clan MacThoy was no exception.

The Great Fire of London has been a pet project of researcher, Bacchus d'Machina.

His work shows that Blar Seeker, a member of Clan MacThoy was visiting the King's baker on the night of the blaze.

D'Machina found amongst the family letters a note to Seeker's cousins describing the night that the London fire started.

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