Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Happy 4th Anniversary to Weathervane Wednesday AND Another Weathervane by cousin Thomas Drowne

This is the 4th Anniversary of Weathervane Wednesday!  I wrote my very first weathervane post on August 24th, 2011, and today I am posting my 222nd weather vane.

This is an on-going series of blog posts on local weathervanes I post every week on Wednesdays.  Some of the weather vanes are whimsical, some are historical, but all are interesting.  Often my readers tip me off to some very unique and unusual weathervanes from their own areas!  If you know an interesting or historical weather vane, please let me know.

Today's weathervane is from Boston, Massachusetts.

Do you know the location of weather vane #222?  Scroll down to see the answer!

Today's weathervane was photographed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.  You can find it at the entrance to the new American wing.  It is the third time I've posted a weathervane by my cousins in the Drowne family of Boston and Kittery, Maine.  You can see a post about Shem Drowne's  (1683 - 1774 ) famous grasshopper weathervane on the top of Faneuil Hall at this link HERE, and a link to his weathervane atop Boston's Old North Church HERE.

Shem Drown was born in Kittery, Maine in 1683. He was the son of Leonard Drown (1646 - 1729).  Leonard Drowne married first to Elizabeth Abbott about 1675, and then to her sister Mary Abbott in 1707.  Mary Abbott was the widow of William Caverly.  Mary and William were my 7th great grandparents.  So I guess that makes Leonard my step grandfather 7 generations removed and also my 7th great grand uncle by marriage?  Shem would be my step cousin?

Thomas Drowne, Leonard's grandson, wrote a slip of paper about his father making the famous Faneuil Hall grasshopper in 1742, and put this paper inside dated 1755.  The grasshopper weathervane apparently fell off during a great earthquake and was replaced by Thomas.  You can read more about that at the link below.

And so son Thomas Drowne was also a tinsmith and made weathervanes, just like his famous father.  This one featured above is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts.  Not bad, 'eh?

My blog post about Shem Drowne's Faneuil Hall grasshopper weathervane  

My blog post about Shem Drowne's weathervane atop of Boston's Old North Church

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  

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