George Washington and Appleby Grammar School

Date: Friday 25th September 2009

THE link between Appleby Grammar School and one of America’s most famous former presidents is explored in a new booklet on sale in the town.

George Washington and Appleby Grammar School, written by town historian Andy Connell, reveals that in the roll call of the school’s former pupils are included George Washington’s father and two half brothers.

George Washington himself was prevented from attending the school, although this had been the intention, by the sudden death of his father.

TWISTS AND TURNS

The 12-page booklet unpicks the Washington family’s links to the north of England and the twists and turns in their circumstances which led to three of them being educated at Appleby.

It also explores the impact that not being sent to the school had on George’s outlook during his adult life.

A fascinating and well-researched read, George Washington and Appleby Grammar School, provides an insight into one of the less well-known facets of Appleby’s history.

Andy Connell, who teaches history at Appleby Grammar School, was assisted in production of the booklet by his sons Peter and Zoltan.

George Washington and Appleby Grammar School is on sale for £1 at Appleby tourist information centre.