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Ferdinand 'Nandie' Keast

FERDINAND "NANDIE" KEAST, born in 1803, served as verger and town crier. He was most renowned for exercising Saltash's jurisdiction over the Liberty of the Tamar. As Town Sergeant he arrested wrongdoers afloat or on land, casting them into the Black Hole below the Guildhall. These included five mutineers put in irons by their captain. He recalled local celebrations of George III's jubilee, was to celebrate that of Queen Victoria, outlived three wives and lived above the 'Black Hole'.


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