A STAR IS BORN
At time of writing, I am reading the American Revolutionary War article in issue 61 and note the story regarding the number of points the stars should have on the US flag – I’m glad it added “possibly apocryphal”. This triggered a memory of visiting the parish church of Steeple in Dorset.
In the church porch, cut in stone, is a coat of arms derived from the quartering of the arms of the Lawrence family of Steeple and the Washingtons – ancestors of George Washington. This carving clearly displays the stars as having five points. According to George Osborn’s 1986 book Dorset Curiosities, George Washington wore their arms on his signet ring, thus the number of points on the stars would seem to have been set long before the flag was designed. The stripes of said flag would seem to be derived from the same coat of arms.
I love the magazine (I have every copy from issue one and enjoy reading it each month. Paula Aubrey, Birmingham
“The number of points on the stars would seem to have been set long before the flag”
Paula wins a hardback copy of The Last Weeks of Abraham Lincoln by David Alan Johnson, a day-by-day retelling of the period from his second inaugural address on 4 March 1865 through to his fateful trip to Ford’s Theatre on the night of 14 April