Author will discuss the legend of “Thunderbolt”

“Thunderbolt” and the unique Round Schoolhouse in Brookline.Tim Weed

BRATTLEBORO- Celebrated local author Tim Weed will discuss the legend of “Thunderbolt” and the unique Round Schoolhouse in Brookline at the Brattleboro Words Project’s monthly roundtable discussion on Thursday, December 13, from 6 to 7 pm at 118 Elliot.
Weeks before his execution for highway robbery in 1821, in a prison cell in Cambridge, MA, a young Irishman named Michael Martin wrote a confession detailing a series of bold robberies that had taken place a few years earlier in southern Ireland.
The confession, which was distributed in a widely read pamphlet, implicated the young highwayman’s mentor, a Scotsman named John Doherty, alias “Captain Thunderbolt.”
At around the same time, a Scottish immigrant named Dr. John Wilson, a schoolteacher, designed the unique round, brick schoolhouse that remains a historical landmark in Brookline, Vermont, which will be one of at least 30 sites on the Brattleboro Words Trail audio tours.   After a few years, Dr. Wilson gave up teaching school, became a practicing physician, and owned land and a steam mill in Williamsville and Newfane. After his death in 1847, some of those who knew him came to suspect that he was none other than the “Captain Thunderbolt” who’d figured so prominently in Martin’s 1821 confession.
The discussion is at 118 Elliot Street, across from the firehouse.  The event is free and refreshments will be served. Monthly roundtables are a chance for the public and project researchers to gather, swap stories, and progress in creating audio for the Brattleboro Words Trail.
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