Joe Shaw

Joe Shaw

Joseph Shaw was born in Bury on 7th May 1883. A full-back, he won the Lancashire Amateur Cup with Bury Athenaeum. He then joined Accrington Stanley who won the Lancashire Combination League while he was at the club.

Shaw signed for Woolwich Arsenal in May 1907. He made his debut against Preston North End but for most of the 1907-08 season was reserve left-back to Jimmy Sharp. However, he made the position his own after Sharp was sold to Glasgow Rangers at the end of the season.

He joined a team that included, Bert Freeman, Charlie Satterthwaite, Tim Coleman, Bobby Templeton, Billy Garbutt, Jimmy Ashcroft, Andy Ducat, Roderick McEachrane and Percy Sands. However, Arsenal encountered serious financial problems at this time and over the next two years the club sold Freeman, Coleman, Ashcroft, Garbutt, Ducat and Templeton.

In the 1912-13 season Arsenal finished bottom of the First Division and were relegated. Henry Norris believed that the club had to move to an area which was highly populated and had a good transport network. Eventually he paid £20,000 for a 21 year lease on land owned by the Church of England at Highbury. One of the great advantages of the site was its proximity to Gillespie Road underground station.

It cost Henry Norris £80,000 to build Highbury Stadium. Norris desperately needed Arsenal to get back into the First Division if he was to get a profit out of his investment. However, in the 1913-14 season Arsenal finished in 3rd place and failed to go up because of a worse goal average than Bradford Park Avenue.

The outbreak of the First World War made it impossible for Arsenal to win promotion over the next four years. The players either joined the armed services or worked in the munition factories. The club did play friendly games and on 19th February 1916 a game was arranged with Reading. Joe Shaw could not get away from his job and his place was taken by Bob Benson, who had not been able to play for nearly a year because of his war work, volunteered to take Shaw's place in the side. Clearly unfit, Benson was forced to retire from the field feeling unwell. He tragically died in the dressing-room when a blood vessel burst in his brain.

After the war Joe Shaw regained his place in the first-team. In a game against Newcastle United on 23rd April 1921, Shaw played in his 300th game for Arsenal. He played in nine more games before retiring from playing football the following season.

Shaw was appointed the manager of Arsenal's reserve side. When Herbert Chapman died in January 1934, George Allison was appointed as the new manager. Allison was a radio journalist who was also the club's managing director. However, he had no experience of football management. At the time of Chapman's death Arsenal were top of the table and Joe Shaw and Tom Whittaker were allowed to run the team until the end of the season. That year the team won the First Division title.

Under the leadership of Joe Shaw the reserve side won nine championships in twelve seasons. After the Second World War he worked for a short period at Chelsea but in 1947 he was appointed head coach and assistant manager under Tom Whittaker. A post he held until his retirement in 1956.

Joe Shaw died in September 1963.

Joe Shaw - History

Sent in by William G. A. Shaw, Seannachaidh of the Clan

Meaning of Name: First, Foremost, or Leader. Possibly Tempest, Storm or the Wolf.

Gaelic of Name: Na Si’each, or Mhic Sheaghd.

Family Slogan: Fide et Fortitudine. (By Faith and by Fortitude. We force nae friend, we fear nae foe.)

Clansfolk’s Crest Badge: A Dexter Arm, the hand holding the dagger, pale, proper (The crest of the personal Arms of John Shaw of Tordarroch)

Plant Badge: Red Whortleberry or Boxwood (By old tradition, also a sprig of fir.)

Pipe Music: The Rothiemurchus Rant, The Shaws March.

Areas of Influence: Rothiemurchus, Strathnairn, Upper Glengairn, Deeside, Nr. Crathie, Glenshee and Glenisla, Harris and Jura.

During the past two thousand years of Gaeldom, it has been the task of the Seannachaidh (tribal historian/genealogist, bard, poet and storyteller) to do many things to augment the cohesiveness of the clan and tribe.

As the Seannachaidh of the Chief and the worldwide clan family, my personal mission is to globally facilitate a greater extending of the collective knowledge, understanding and preservation of our rich Celtic and Gaelic clan ethos, customs, traditions, language and (oral and written) history.

It is also part of my mission to help foster a modern version of the very ancient and evergreen links to our Clan Shaw tribal enclaves and lands of old . . . connecting us through time as it were, with the deep love and sacred symbiotic relationship toward the land and its seasonal rhythms that our ancestors entwined within them.

…I will bring them in from every nation, gather them in from other lands,

and lead them home to their own soil.

…Every man of the Children of Israel shall pitch his tent, each under his own Standard,

with the Ensigns of his father’s House.

William G.A. Shaw of Easter Lair

Seannachaidh and Bard to John Shaw of Tordarroch

US Member of Council – Clan Chattan Association, Scotland.

From Our Common Background within the Clan Mackintosh and the gre at Clan Chattan Confederation of tribes, the never-ending Clan Shaw family story begins at the ancient hill-fort at The Doune in Rothiemurchus Forest in the late fourteenth century. The early Mackintosh Shaws, or "Ciars" (nickname for swarthy or brown) soon sprouted a vigorous northern branch or sept in Strathnairn in 1468 called Clan Ay. A generation later, the main chiefly stem family established other vigorous and powerful septs in Rothiemurchus at Dell and Dal navert.

and established a branch in the Western Isles on Skye, called the Clan Mhic Iver. This sept quickly spread to Harris and Jura. During this time of consolidation, a branch was also started over the Cairngorms in Deeside, settling eventually at Invercauld. This eastern branch of the family quickly became a powerful and independent clan in their own right, the Clan Fhionnlaigh, later called Clan Farquharson.

Because Of Tribal And National Geopolitics, by the close of the sixteenth century, the main Mackintosh Shaw chiefly family at the Doune of Rothiemurchus had lost its position of eminence and hegemony. Eventually, the second and now senior branch of the Clan Shaw up north at Tordarroch began to act as Heads of the Shaws within the Clan Chattan Confederacy. By 1629, our Clan Farquharson cousins were joined by a scion of the Shaw of Dell Chieftains. This Shaw established a new branch of the clan at Crathienaird in Deeside under the territorial hegemony of the Chief of Clan Farquharson. This semi-independent sept, called Clan Seumas also spread north of Crathienaird to Glengairn and south to lovely Glenshee and Glenisla.

From These And Many Other septs, branches and families, the Clan Shaw has spread throughout Scotland Eire and England, scattering during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries 'to all the Airts' throughout the world. This is your story!

Parting The Mists Of Time

The Bloodline of the ancient and honorable Highland Family and Name of Shaw reaches back beyond the turn of the first millennia. Entwined via the Chiefs of Mackintosh and the Mac Duff Earls of Fife to the Kings of Moray and Fife, it descends from the crown of Scotland back to the Kings of DalRiada to the ancient High Kings of Eire and to the blood royale of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms of the Cruitne-tuath, or the Picts.

At that time, Alba or Albany (later called Scotland) was divided into seven kingdoms: Moray, Ath-fhotla, or Atholl, Fife, Cirech, Ce, Fortrenn and Strath-Cluaidh. The Ard-Righ na Alba, or High Kingship of Alba alternately revolved between two of the strongest and most prestigious royal houses of these kingdoms, of Atholl and Moray. Although closely related, these two houses were also rivals for the throne.

Our earliest ancestor was Aethelred, the first Earl of Fife. Aethelred, or in Gaelic: Aedh was the eldest son of Malcolm (III) Mac Duncan (also known as "Malcolm Ceann-Mhor"), High King of Alba. Aedh's royal sire was of the line of Kenneth Mac Alpin (died 858), the Dal Riadic King of Albany, who through his grandmother was also a claimant to the High Kingship of the ancient Cruithne, earlier called Picts by the invading Romans. Now Aedh Mac Malcolm was made hereditary Abbot of Dunkeld, and because of his important ecclesiastical position, was barred from the throne (His younger brothers were Kings Alexander I and David I). In the Celtic "Culdee" Church, (a gentle blend of Christian and Druidic tradition) priests were allowed to marry and pass on their religious duties down to through their family lines. A leading personage in the kingdom, Aedh married the sister and heiress of Mael Snectai, the King of Moray. Mael Snectai was also the Chief of Clan Duff as grandson of Queen Gruoch (Gruoch was also the wife the good King Mac Beth, who was both the rightful king of Celtic Scotland, and one of the country's better monarchs), herself heiress of the line of King Duff, which was apanaged in the ancient 'Kingdom of Fife.' Aedh's father Malcolm III (who was raised in England since he was nine and later with English military assistance usurped Mac Beth's crown) was swayed by his own ambition and by the Norman and feudal influence of his new wife Margaret, herself a Saxon Princess in exile. "Ceann Mhor" altered the system of revolving kingship in Alba and (illegally) decreed that the High kingship would forever stay with his line, the House of Atholl. This is in opposition to the ancient Celtic laws Tanistry: whereby succession or election of the next king or chief is chosen from the best or most able person from within the derb-fine, or chiefly family. Queen Margaret also influenced her husband to encourage various 'reforms' at court: Norman French over Gaelic, the abandonment of the ancient and noble Celtic Brehonic Laws – the oldest codified legal system in Europe. Margaret also forced the country's elite to begin to adopt the tenets of feudalism over tribalism. These personal, cultural and geopolitical moves did much to alienate the independent clans and tribes of Moray (formerly part of the Pictish Northern kingdom) against the central government. Aedh's son Duff Mac Aedh, predeceased his father, but not before having children of his own, Ghillemicheal and Constantine Mac Duff. After Aedh's death in 1128, the kingdom of Moray rose in several rebellions to rightly establish these two grandsons to the High Kingship of Scotland. Ghillemichael's son Duncan, 5th Toiseach (Gealic for Thane, Saxonised as Earl) or Earl of Fife was Regent of Scotland in 1153. The Mackintoshes and Shaws t race descent from Duncan's second son, Shaw Mac Duff. A scion of the royal derb-fine line of the King of Scots, the loyal Shaw Mac Duff rode north in 1160 with his cousin and friend Malcolm IV to calm the rising emotions and military gatherings of his rebellion minded tribal cousins in Moray. The Moraymen, unhappy with the gradual loss of their little kingdom's independence were calling for yet another rising against the King of Scots. Shaw Mac Duff ‘the Thane’ (an Toiseach) was made the Keeper of the Royal Castle at Inverness. Who better to settle down the local tribes of Moray than a grandson and great nephew of the men they once wanted as kings? His progeny, later called ‘Mhic an Toiseach’, grew in size and power, receiving possession of the lands of Petty and Breachley with the forest of Strathdearn in the valley of the Findhorn. Despite their remoteness, the Mackintoshes continued to loyally support the royal government down south.

The Land Of The Wildcat

Shaw Mac Duff's grandson, Shaw Mac William acquired the strategically important lands of Rothiemurchus from the Bishopric of Moray in 1236. Rothiemurchus was part of the ancient Caledonian Forest. Part of it also consisted of the oft-flooded and very fertile Strathspey farmlands. Neighbored by the belligerent Clan Comyn, Shaw Mac William's son Ferquhard allied his little clan with the powerful Mac Donald Kings of the Isles. Streng thening this northwestern alliance, he married Mora, daughter of Angus Mhor, the Lord of Islay (the Lord or King of the Isles). During their son Angus's minority, the Mackintosh castles of Meickle Geddes and Rait were seized and held by Clan Comyn. In 1291, Angus Mac Ferquhard married Eva, daughter of Dougall Dall, 6th Chief of Clan Chattan, or "Clan of the Cats". The Chiefs of Clan Chattan descend from Ghillechattan Mhor (ca 1075), the Great Servant or Devotee of Saint Cattan, a descendant of the ancient Dal Riadic Kings of Lorne. Also loosely allied with the Mac Donald Kings of the Isles, 'old' Clan Chattan's original country was at Glenloy and Loch Arkaig, with its main tribal center at Torcastle. With this marriage, t he Clan Chattan and Clan Mackintosh were intertwined into an even stronger and larger tribal Confederation, now Captained by the Chief of Mackintosh. Because of their feud with the Comyns over Rait and Meickle Geddes, Clan Chattan backed the Earl of Carrick, Robert the Bruce in his fierce dynastic struggles with the Red Comyn. Angus Mac Ferquhard was one of the Earl of Moray's chief officers at Bannockburn in 1314. He also raised a contingent of Clan Chattan confederation for the Scottish invasions of England in 1318 and 1319.

The Children Of The Pine Forest

Clan Shaw, or the Children of Shaw stem from Shaw Mac Ghillechrist Mhic Iain, a great grandson of Angus a nd Eva. Also known as Sheagh Bheagh, or Little Shaw’, and Coriacalich, or ‘Buck-tooth’, Shaw was raised with his chiefly cousins at the Mackintosh seat at Moigh. During Shaw's youth, the encroaching power of the Clan Cameron was felt when their Mac Millan, Mac Gillonie or Mac Martin septs took the old Mackintosh lands of Torcastle by the sword. This long feud resulted in the seesaw skirmish and eventual Mackintosh victory at Invernahavon in 1370 or 1386, which Shaw and his father Ghillechrist would have taken part. Shaw, (latterly called Shaw Mhor), was elected Captain of Clan Chattan in the legendary Raid of Angus in 1391. Le d by the Wolf of Badenoch (a bastard son of Robert II) Shaw and Clan Chattan joined an army of rowdy Highlandmen who descended from the Cairngorm Mountains to raid, loot and plunder the fertile plains of Angus. Just for fun, to make a point on a long-simmering side-feud (over a woman) with the Bishop of Moray, they also took a swipe at the town of Elgin, putting the Cathedral to the torch on their way home! This wild raiding party routed the forces of the Sheriff of Angus and David Lindsay of Glenesk.

Despite the earlier Mackintosh victory at Invernahavon, the long-standing feud with the tribes of Clan Cameron continued. This feud so threatened the fragile stability of the Highlands that the Earl of Moray and Lindsay of Glenesk decreed that a trial by combat settle the matter. On behalf of the Chief of Mackintosh, Shaw again led Clan Chattan in the Battle of the Clans on 28, September 1396 at the North Inch near Perth. Shaw and his 29 warriors battled 30 Camerons in front of wooden bleachers packed with local citizenry, Scottish nobility, King Robert III and even the Dauphin of France. When the slaughter was over, Shaw and 10 of his men stood over 29 slain Camerons. As a reward for his courage, leadership and fighting abilities, his grateful cousin and Chief, Lachlan Mackintosh gave Shaw the lease of the lands of Rothiemurchus. Our main tribal seat was at the ancient and strategic timber hill fort at the Doune. Shaw died approx. ten years later and was succeeded by his son Seumas, or James.

In 1411, the Chief of Mackintosh raised Clan Chattan to back the Mac Donald Lord of the Isle's claim to the Earldom of Ross. His chief officer was Shaw's son James Mackintosh. As this large army, consisting primarily of Clan Donald and its supporters and allies, plundered its way into Aberdeen shire, they were met by the Earl of Mar and his well equipped forces at "Red" Harlaw on 24, July. In the ensuing battle, James was killed.

With our fourth Chief's untimely death, various scattered branches of Comyns, probably from their local lair at Altyre, invaded Rothiemurchus and took it by fire and sword. They burned the timber and earthwork fort at the Doune and refortified the old island keep at Loch an Eilean. During this time of strife, James's two young sons were taken away to safety: The eldest son Alasdair to his mother's family in the south central Highlands at Strathardle, and young Aedh up north to his cousin's castle at Moigh. After over ten years of dominance, at last the power of the Comyns began to wane. Many Comyns were drowned as their own floodgates were sabotaged as they attempted to flood the besieged Moigh Castle. While treacherously luring the Clan Chattan Chieftains to slaughter at a conciliatory feast at Rait, at the sign of the t oken black bull's head, the Comyns were themselves killed by the forewarned men of Clan Chattan.

When James's sons Alasdair and Aedh grew to manhood, they gathered their Mackintosh relations and Clan Chattan friends and avenged their father in a wild ambush and skirmish at Lag na Cuimenach at Loch Pityloulish, ten miles no rth of Loch an Eilean. In light of his success at clearing the area of treacherous Cuimenach, Duncan, the 11th Chief of Mackintosh gave to Alasdair ‘Ciar’ ( A Gaelic family nick-name for swarthy or brown) the temporary lease of Rothiemurchus. The Bishop of Moray however, granted Alasdair the permanent ownership of the land on 4, September 1464. This ownership of the important timber and Speyside farmlands was opposed by the Mackintosh, and caused a ten year rift in relations between the two Chiefs. This family dispute was finally settled by the direction of James III in 1475. Their territorial differences resolved, and holding Rothiemurchus direct from the crown, Alasdair Ciar, now Thane of Rothiemurchus, acted on several occasions to represent his cousin the Chief of Mackintosh on many important matters legal, feudal, and of security within and without Clan Chattan.

After helping his brother retake the tribal lands of Rothiemurchus from the usurping Comyns, Aedh Mackintosh settled near his boyhood home of Moigh leasing Tordarroch in Strathnairn from the Mackintosh in 1468. Occupying a pivotal, strategic site above the ford of the river Nairn, this northern branch of the Mackintosh Shaw family soon became a powerful little tribe in their own right, acting prim arily as a cadet family of the Mackintosh, and later as representatives of the entire Shaw branch of the Mackintosh family. The Shaws of Tordarroch became known as the Clan Aedh, or Ay.

While Alasdair Ciar's eldest son Iain or John ‘Ciar’ Mackintosh continued the Chiefly line of Thanes of Rothiemurchus, Iain's younger brother Alasdair ‘Og’ was the progenitor of another branch of the family at nearby Dell. This active branch of the Rothiemurchus family soon became a powerful tribe in their own right, soon having their own septs at nearby Guislich and Kinrara na Choille. Alasdair Ciar's third son, James, established another branch of the family at Dalnavert, north of Glenfeshie. Led by the main Chiefly line at the Doune, these branches were quite influent ial in local and family affairs. Their younger brother Farquhar emigrated over the gloomy pass of Lairig Ghrue, settling with his "considerable possessions" in upper Deeside. The Earldom of Mar having been earlier annexed to the Crown in 1435, Farquhar was eventually made Chamberlain of Mar. His progeny were later called Clan Fhionnlaigh, after the 5th Chief, Finlay Mhor, who died at the Battle of Pinkie, carrying the Royal Standard in 1547. Clan Farquharson remained in close alliance with their Mackintosh Shaw cousins just over the mountains in Rothiemurchus, and remained a part of the great Clan Chattan Confederation. The Clan Farquharson was soon a power to be reckoned with in Aberdeen shire. Iver, Alasdair Ciar's youngest son, immi grated to the Isle of Skye. His progeny, called Clan Mhic Iomhair, later spread to Harris, Jura, Islay and Mull in the Western Isles.

While the Clan Shaw families were consolidating in Rothiemurchus, Strathnairn and beyond, in 1524 the Chief of Mackintosh wa s murdered while hunting on the Findhorn, leaving his infant son William as Chief. To the outrage of the Clan Chattan Chieftains, the Earl of Moray forcefully acted as "custodial guardian" of little William. During the young Chief's captivity, his cousin Hector Mackintosh captained Clan Chattan. Our 7th Chief, Alan Ciar Mac Iain Mackintosh, was a very close friend and associate of Hectors. With his Mackintosh Shaws of Rothiemurchus, he and his kinsmen joined in Hectors retaliatory raids on the Earl of Moray's lands. In 1528, Hector and Alan Ciar supported the Earl of Angus, infamous captor of the boy-king James V. Because of these raids, and of the support of Angus, Alan Ciar was fined quite heavily for his "Treasonable Acts". Foiled in his attempts to capture the wily Hector, in 1531, the Earl of Moray raided Clan Chattan country, and summarily tried and hung 18 Mackintoshes from the rafters of the Tithe Barn at Tordarroch. Because of his fines, in 1539, Alan Ciar was forced to sell the feu of Rothiemurchus to George Gordon, son to the Earl of Huntly. Alan though, retained the life rent of the farm and lands of the Doune, which were passed to his young son James at Alan's death in 1542.

On 22, May 1543, a Clan Chattan Band was signed at Inverness by most of the tribes of Cla n Chattan. As Chieftain of Clan Ay, the senior sept of the Mackintosh Shaws, Angus Mac Robert of Tordarroch signed on behalf of his southern cousin, then an infant Chieftain in Rothiemurchus. Meanwhile, from their castle at Freuchie, the powerful Chiefs of Clan Grant had long coveted and plotted to gain the rich Rothiemurchus timber and fertile Speyside farmlands to the south. On 14, July 1567, Iain Grant of Freuchie purchased the Deed of Rothiemurchus from the Earl of Huntly. In February two years later, Lachlan Mackintosh of Mackintosh wrote to the Chief of Grant that he wanted to repurchase his "own native country of Rothiemurchus for which sums of money as he gave for same". His entreaties to Grant ignored, the Mackintosh then threatened to raise the ten tribes of Clan Chattan against him, but to no avail. Indeed, the Mackintosh Shaws, greater Clan Mackintosh, and all of Clan Chattan did much to make life quite difficult for the Grants in Rothiemurchus and elsewhere for nearly twenty years. As the Grants harried and evicted the Shaws with sword and legal writ, the Shaws and Mackintoshes gleefully countered with retaliatory cattle lifting, the occasional assault and roof, grainery and crop burning.

Although the Mackintosh Shaws of Doune remained an important local family, and still acted in a prominent role in family affairs on occasion, after 1543, the Tordarroch and Dell bra nches of the clan had gained additional power and influence within and without Clan Mackintosh and Clan Chattan. On 4, April 1609, as the senior Chieftain within the family, Ay or Adam Mac Bean Mac Robert signed for Clan Ay and on behalf of the Rothiemurchus tribes in the Great Clan Chattan confederation Band of Union and Manrent at Termit.

Off our west coast , John Shaw of Trumpan in Skye, 4th Chieftain of Clan Mhic Iomhair and 40 armed friends and kinsmen captured a merchant vessel off the Isle of Lewis . In 1616 he was briefly imprisoned for said piracy, murder and robbery. Later, John of Trumpan and his brother Donald Shaw of Harlosh signed a Band of Maintenance with John Farquharson of Cloak (a.k.a. the powerful Farquharson of Invercauld) acknowledging common Mackintosh Shaw tribal kinship, allegiance and mutual protection. In 1628, James Mackintosh, 8th of Doune died, leaving a young son Alan. That same year, James Mackintosh ‘alias Shaw’, a descendant of the chiefly line of Shaws of Dell lived firstly at Kinveachie in Rothiemurchus, and then at Tullochgrue, just north of Loch an Eilean. An important man in Rothiemurchus, James of Tullochgrue married a daughter of his kinsman Robert Farquharson of Invercauld. Because of pressures from the Grants increasing their hold on the area, their son, James ‘Og’ Shaw left Rothiemurchus and emigrated over the Lairig Ghrue to upper Deeside, settling in with his mothers family and Farquharson cousins. By 1 633, James ‘Og’ lived at Crathienaird near Balmoral, his progeny later called Clan Seumas. Allied with their cousins the Farquharson Chiefs, this pithy little branch of Clan Shaw eventually generated a power base of its own and soon spread north to Glengairn and Glen Avon and later south to Glenshee and Glenisla.

As late as 1645, the last of the Chiefly line of Rothiemurchus, Alan Shaw, 9th of Doune signed a Bond between Grant of Freuchie and many powerful Badenoch Chiefs. As evidence of his local familial stature, Alan signed below Mac Pherson of Cluny and two important Mackintosh Chieftains and above the Sha w Chieftains of Dell and Dalnavert. Sometime later, in a fit of hot-blooded anger, Alan beheaded his cruel stepfather Dallas of Cantray, who legend has it killed Alan's dog. Alan then hurled Dallas's head at his mother's feet. As Dallas was quite unpopular, although now outlawed, local feeling was in Alan's favor. He quickly gathered many kinsmen and friends who enjoyed robbing, raiding and plundering his enemies, primarily of Clan Grant. Eventually, Alan was captured and taken to Castle Grant for ‘trial’ where he mysteriously died as he was being "civilly entertained". To this day, the Grants (still in Rothiemurchus) protest their innocence . . . (We know better! -WSEL.) Up north in Clan Ay country, Robert Shaw of Tordarroch had built a sturdy tower or fortalice on a st rategic knoll just west of Tordarroch House. He also surrounded it by a stone wall. A Jacobite supporter of the Marquis of Montrose , Robert and his kinsmen and Strathnairn friends defiantly resisted with bow, pistol and firelock the Cameronians who regularly attempted to capture the fort. By 1691, over the Lairig - in Deeside, Captain Duncan "Riem Aon" Shaw, 2nd of Crathienaird was Chamberlain to the Earl of Mar and Factor to his cousin the Farquharson of Invercauld. Ever a busy man, Duncan also raised, armed and commanded a local "Watch" of 20 men, charged to protect the neighborhood from cattle raiding caterans who descended from their lairs in Glenavon. Duncan later leased Crandard Castle in Glenisla, while his eldest son James lived at Crathienaird. James later lived at Daldownie in Glengairn. Duncan's other sons and grandsons soon settled comfortably throughout upper Glenshee and Glenisla. On 19, May 1711, Alexander Shaw of Tordarroch, Duncan Shaw of Crathienaird and John Shaw of Guislich at Culloden witness a Band and Tack between Lachlan Mackintosh of Mackintosh and James Shaw of Dell.

Under the command of William Mackintosh of Borlum, the tribes of Clan Chattan rose for the exiled King James VIII on 15, September 1715 near Tordarroch at Farr. Led by Robert Shaw, Younger of Tordarroch, with his brother Angus as Lieutenant, the Shaw contingent of Clan Chattan was often noted for being the most resolute, the best armed, equipped and composed in the Earl of Mar's army. After the collapse of the rising at Preston, both Robert and Angus were cruelly abused at the infamous Newgate Prison. Because of the severe tortures inflicted on him, Robert Shaw died soon after his release in 1718. Angus Shaw was transported to Virginia Colony where he lived and worked as an "indentured servant" or slave until he was ransomed by several Clan Chattan gentlemen and pardoned in 1722. On his return to the Highlands, he was forced to sign an oath of loyal ty never to raise arms against the Hanoverian government again. Angus Shaw spent much of his adult life enlarging and improving Tordarroch.

The Last Rising Of The Clans

At the commencement of the Rising of 1745, Angus Shaw of Tordarroch never forgot the harsh suffering he and his brother had undergone in prison after 'the Fifteen. Long did he remember the agonies of transportation and servitude in the Americas. Although sorely tempted, he forbid Clan Ay from taking up arms against the Government. Following Tordarroch's example, the elderly James Shaw of Dell remain ed at peace as well. As late as 1750, it was reported that …the Shaws have two Chieftains of equal degree, Shaw of Tordarroch in Strathnairn and Shaw of Dell in Rothiemurchus, neither of whom were in arms, but some of their men were sent out under command of some gentlemen who had nothing to lose*". Over in Deeside however, the Farquharson of Invercauld's nephew, Francis Farquharson of Monaltrie ignored his uncle and Chief's wishes and raised over 300 Farquharsons as a semi-independent battalion of Ogilvie of Airlie's Deeside Regiment. Monaltrie's neighbors, cousins and friend, *James Shaw of Crathienaird and his sons John and Duncan Shaw acted as Captains in the Farquharson battalion. James's you nger brothers from Glenshee and Glenisla, John and Donald served as Ensigns in the Farquharson unit while the youngest brother William acted as Captain in Ogilvy of Airlie's 2nd battalion. A tiny branch of the Crathienaird sept, the proud and war-like Shaws of Inchrory, also took up arms for Prince Charles.

As the Rising progressed, Lady Anne Mackintosh, Invercauld's daughter (therefore of the blood line of the Clan Shaw Chiefs herself), raised the Clan Chattan confederation for Prince Charles in defiance of her husband the Chief of Mackintosh's loyalties and bidding (In fairness, The Mackintosh of Mackintosh was an officer in Lord Louden’ Regiment and held his to his oath and word as an officer and as a Highland Gentleman). Two of Lady Anne’s trusted Lieutenants were James and John Shaw of Kinrara. In early April 1746, as the two opposing forces marched into Clan Chattan country, Angus Shaw of Tordarroch's sworn oath of loyalty to the Hanoverian government was near the breaking point. On the bitter morning of the 16th, with the two armies nearby at Culloden, Angus was prevented from fighting under the yellow banner of Clan Chattan only by the courage and common sense of his wife Isabel,who hid his weaponry, accoutrements and clothing and locked and bolted him in a sturdily secured closet.

Together forming the centre and right of Prince Charles' force at Culloden, both Clan Chattan and Clan Farquharson charged as one through murderous English grapeshot to briefly inflict a wild desperate melee of claymore, dirk and pistol upon the English regiments before dying on bayonets of the second line. Seriously wounded, both James and John Shaw of Kinrara retreated with what was left of the shattered Clan Chattan. James died that day. Found wounded in a nearby hut, John was summarily executed three days later. Charging with Clan Farquharson, the six Shaw of Crathienaird officers from Glenshee were able to escape in the smoke filled confusion after the battle. After several dangerous adventures they spent several harrowing months "lurking" in the country near their homes in Glengairn, Glenshee and Glenisla.

When the smoke cleared after the battle of Culloden, the Hanoverian Government undertook efforts to wipe out the Celtic/Gaelic tribal culture and language from the Highlands forever. After burning many Highlanders ' homes and farms and driving most of the cattle and sheep south to the Lowlands and England, whatever tribal or military spirit the people had left was broken by a combination of hunger, pistol shot, rifle butt, and the threat and carrying out of rape, prison, transportation, hanging or worse. The power of the now scattered Chiefs and Chieftains was put to an end by military piquet and with harsh legislation from London. Another aspect of this cultural destruction was the eradication of the traditional Highland dress. It was punishable by death or imprisonment to wear arms, or even the tartan, kilt, plaid or hose. School children were forced to learn English. The clan system was eradicated with a finality that only the Romans or Normans could admire. This repression was carried out on an economic scale into the Industrial Age with the hated Clearances. To survive, many were soon forced to immigrate to the Lowlands, to Canada, America, India , and Australia and beyond.

Ancestral Memory Awakened

Although scattered thousands of miles from our sacred tribal tuaths, we of Clan Shaw always knew from whence we came. Much of this memory the modern day clan owes to the Bards, historians and storytellers of old - the Seannachaidhean. Throughout the late 1700's and 1800's they gathered and cherished our genealogies, histories and fostered our Gaelic language and culture. While doing so they told and remembered us to our beloved lands of old . . . Rothiemurchus, Strathnairn, the Western Isles, Deeside and Glenshee. Drawing the Shaws together from around the world, their oral and published works also acted as bright fires of tribal warmth, comfort and family togetherness. In a swiftly changing world. Long will their names be honored: the Rev William G. Shaw, Alasdair Mackintosh Shaw Mackintosh, Norman Rhymer Shaw, our late Chief, Major "Iain" C.J. Shaw of Tordarroch and his ever-talented Seannachaidh Edward John Redshaw, and more recently the late St.Clair Shaw.

In 1970, the Court of the Lord Lyon, King of Arms for Scotland recognized the late Major "Iain" Charles John Shaw of Tordarroch, the 16th Chieftain of Clan Ay as the 21st Chief of the Highland Clan, Family and Name of Shaw. On his death in 1978, Iain was succeeded by his son, our 22nd Chief, John Shaw of Tordarroch. The headquarters of the clan is at Newhall on the Black Isle in Ross, near Inverness. Our Chief, John Shaw of Tordarroch lives with lovely and gracious Lady Silvia in Majorca . Their son and Tanist, Iain Shaw, Younger of Tordarroch lives in Norway.

The late William Iain Gordon Shaw of Easter Lair (1915-1997), the senior armoral Representer/chieftain of the Shaws of Crathienaird and Glenshee was succeeded on his death by his Tanist, this writer who achieved a Grant of Arms in the Court of Lord Lyon King of Arms for Scotland on Beltaine, 2002.

Present Armigers of the Highland Clan Shaw:

John Charles Shaw of Tordarroch - 13th Chieftain of Clan Ay, 22nd Chief of Clan Shaw : Newhall, Ross-shire, Scotland. Tanist is Iain Shaw, Younger of Tordarroch.

Thomas Donald MacKay Shaw, 3rd Baron Craigmyle – London and Knoydart, Inverness-shire, Scotland. Tanist is Thomas Columba Shaw, Younger of Craigmyle.

William Shaw of Easter Lair - 12th Representer of the Territorial House of Shaw of Easter Lair. (The Senior armiger of the Shaw of Crathienaird sept) : Wester Crathienaird, Squak Mountain, Issaquah, WA. USA. Tanist is Liam David Shaw, Younger of Easter Lair.

Iain Farqhuar Shaw - Mount Blair, Glenshee, Perthshire, Scotland. A younger line of the Crathieniard sept in Glenshee, Mr. Shaw Inherited Arms and lands as Tanist/heir of his uncles: MacKenzie Smith Shaw of Achenleish and Little Forter, WS (who matriculated Arms in Lyon Court in March 1930) and William Thomas Shaw of Tenandry nr. Killiecrankie, WS (who matriculated Arms in Lyon Court in March 1927).

Tanist is William James Shaw. Both men line at Mount Blair, Glenshee, Perthshire.

Robert James Shaw - Tintenbar, New South Wales, Australia.

Per the Court of the Lord Lyon, HM King of Arms for Scotland, all Arms are the personal heritable property of the above persons and are not to be used by anyone else in any form. The appropriate form for a clansman or clanswoman is to bear the crest of the Chief of Chieftain within a strap and buckle.

All written content copyrighted by William G.A. Shaw of Easter Lair

No part of this website can be used in entirety or in part or in reference or in paraphrase without proper credit to the author, or if republished in print or on other web sites, without prior permission of the author. Tapadh Leit. WSEL

Arsenal’s forgotten manager Joe Shaw wins the league for Arsenal. 28 April 1934.

Joseph Ebenezer Shaw – a name to conjure with, although in reality he was known as Joe Shaw.

Joe Shaw was born May 7, 1883 (Arsenal, the football facts has 1882) and died in September 1963 aged 80 after a lifetime of service to Arsenal. He is one of the handful of men who need a plaque of remembrance in the club’s precincts.

He played 309 league games as a full back for Woolwich Arsenal, The Arsenal and Arsenal never scoring a goal. He was Arsenal’s captain, and only the third player to clock up 300 games (the earlier two also being in the 1910 opening side: Percy Sands and Roddy McEachrane.)

Joe Shaw started out with Bury, where he was born, and then moved on to Accrington Stanley, before reaching Plumstead in 1907. It is worth noting in passing that while Accrington are remembered as founders of the original football league they resigned in 1893, and that this time were in non-league football (they returned in 1921). Bury however were a first division club who had come 5th as recently as 1901.

When Shaw came Jimmy Sharp was the left back regular and in his first season he made a couple of appearances when Sharp was injured – his first against Preston on September 28 1907 (losing 0-3 away). But from the start of the following season Joe Shaw was the first choice, playing between 28 and 38 games a season until 1921 – moving to right back after the War. By the 1921-22 season he was 37, but still he started out in the side, playing the first two games, but age took its toll then only managed six more, ending in a 1-0 defeat away to Manchester United on March 11, 1922, a couple of months short of his 38th birthday.

Thus Joe Shaw was a player who joined the club in the First Division, was there with the relegation, moved to Highbury, and was there for the return to the top league in 1919 – when he was made captain. He would have played many more games and possibly held our record number of appearances, had it not been for the four war years when no official football was played.

When he finished playing for Arsenal (after 326 games including the FA Cup matches) he became manager of Arsenal Reserves, and upon the death of Herbert Chapman he took over the first team for the rest of the season. When George Allison came along he went back to the reserves. Not exactly Pat Rice (full back, temporary manager before Wenger), but not far off.

He stayed on at the club during the second world war and then became assistant manager to Tom Whittaker, before being a “club ambassador”. He retired in 1956 after an amazing 49 years working for Arsenal – and (if I may add a personal note) he is the first connection (outside of my family of Arsenal fans) between me and Woolwich Arsenal. I made my first trips to Highbury while Joe Shaw was still there. Tenuous I know, but still…

I have for some time petitioned Arsenal to put up a plaque to him, but so far without luck. But I do remind them of the idea occasionally. After all, we had some success with the statues.

However I now want to go back to Joe Shaw’s greatest triumph.

When Herbert Chapman died Joe Shaw was made manager for the rest of the season with the clear understanding that the liaison between Joe and the board would be George Allison.

After Chapman’s death the club had something of a wobble, drawing one and losing three of the next four matches, but after that things picked up with a run of six wins, one defeat and one draw, which took as to the end of March. At this point the table read…

Arsenal were now once more equal on points with Huddersfield and 0.03 goals behind. There was in effect still just one goal in it. All that was needed was for the new signing Ted Drake to get going.

Certainly recent form was with Arsenal. Arsenal weren’t scoring huge numbers of goals (three twice, two twice, and one four times) but they were getting the points. But as was noted at the time, with the exception of a game against Derby they had not had to face any of the top teams for a while.

This was all about to change as on 2 April Arsenal had to play the return match with Derby, and on 7 April they were due to play Huddersfield – two matches which it was felt could well determine the outcome of the season.

As the table above shows, by the start of the month Derby had slipped back to fourth having won just one of the last nine and in fact won 2 of the last 15, having won 10 in 12 earlier in the season. Arsenal’s victory by 4-2 confirmed the current form – Derby were now seen to have no chance of the league.

Cox continued in goal and once more Bowden took over from Jack at inside right. Drake played his fourth game, thus making the lineup

Beasley Bowden Drake James Bastin

So far Drake had played three following his transfer from Southampton, and scored just one, but reports said he was looking the part and bound to score soon – and indeed he now started with two goals Bowden getting the other two.

The same day Tottenham, also with an away fixture, lost 2-0 at Stoke. The feeling was confirmed that it was now all down to Arsenal and Huddersfield.

Huddersfield didn’t play on 2 April (Easter Monday) but instead had a home game against lowly Liverpool on the Tuesday, 3 April. The teams had met on 30 March at Anfield and drawn 2-2 – itself something of a surprise since Liverpool had lost their previous match 5-1 away to Leeds United.

But they had recovered and on the last day of March they had had a home victory over Derby 4-2. However it was away from home that Liverpool had real trouble, for they had won just two, drawn three and lost 13 games. Huddersfield at home had won 13, drawn three and lost just one.

If ever there was a home banker (as the pools firms liked to call it) this surely was it. And yet, unbelievably it ended second placed Huddersfield Town 0, 19th placed Liverpool 2. It was one of the great upsets of the season.

Before the game the top of the table saw Arsenal top by two points, but with a goal average just one hundreth of a goal better than Huddersfield.

The result not only secured Arsenal’s position at the top but dented Huddersfield’s goal difference as well.

Meanwhile, away from football, in one of those events which of course was not noticed at the time, but which has affected everyone who has been on a public road, on 3 April Percy Shaw patented the cat’s eye road-safety device for the middle of (and later the side of) roads – with lights that shine back when car headlights point at them. He had started work as a labourer in a cloth mill at the age of 13 and got the OBE in 1965. It was the blackout in the second world war which finally gave the biggest boost to production and made the whole process a worldwide success.

Back with the football, the results above set up what was seen as the championship decider: Arsenal v Huddersfield Town on 7 April 1934. A win for Arsenal would leave Huddersfield four points behind, and with a further dent in their goal average. A win for Huddersfield by just one goal to nil would lift them back to the top on goal average by a different of 0.004 goals.

But Huddersfield had now had just one win one defeat and one draw in last three matches. OK for a mid-table club but no way to win the league. Their away form was better than average (six wins, seven draws, five defeats, as they still played on the counter attacking system introduced by Chapman) but it all gave Arsenal some hope.

For the first time since February Arsenal had Chapman’s first choice defence for the season back in place: Moss, Male, Roberts, Hapgood, Hill, John, and a certain belief came back into the team. Drake scored again, which gave a positive feel up front. Beasley and Bowden got two more and so the result on 7 April 1934 was Arsenal 3 Huddersfield Town 1. 55,930 packed Highbury to see Shaw’s team take a major step to the second consecutive league title.

Meanwhile in other news (as they say) and by a curious coincidence, the other two members of the top four played each other and the result was Derby 4 Tottenham 3.

This meant that leading up to the next match on 14 April Arsenal were the absolute team in form with five wins and one defeat in the last six. Huddersfield and Tottenham had just lost their last two games, while Derby had two wins, three defeats and a draw in the last six. Further Arsenal and Huddersfield still had five games to play. Tottenham with just three to play were now mathematically incapable of catching Arsenal.

April 14 was one of those crazy days that existed in the football calendar at this time in which international matches were held just as clubs were trying to win the league or avoid relegation. This meant that Frank Moss (making his international debut), Eddie Hapgood and Cliff Bastin were all out of the team. Indeed Cliff Bastin scored for England against Scotland, six years after playing his first game ever – for Exeter Reserves against Bath City.

Arsenal’s team for the match against Liverpool was thus

Hulme Bowden Drake James Beesley

But Arsenal had prepared for this moment – everyone was ready to step up and take their chance.

Incidentally also on 14 April 1934 Arsenal Reserves played Watford Reserves, a match which was advertised as “Admission 7d (including tax).” That was less than half a penny in 2017 prices and money.

Back with the first team Arsenal, using just six of the men who started the season under Herbert Chapman, played Liverpool away and won 3-2. Elsewhere Huddersfield Town kept up the chase with the key results being…

  • Huddersfield Town 4 Newcastle United 1
  • Tottenham Hotspur 5 Manchester City 1
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 Derby County 0

Clearly Huddersfield could reach a total of 58 points from their remaining games. Arsenal thus needed two wins and a draw from their remaining four matches to be utterly certain of the title.

The first chance to get these needed results came on Wednesday 18 April, when Portsmouth v Arsenal was the only first division match on the sporting calendar. And to everyone’s surprise Arsenal lost 1-0. The team was that which had won the Liverpool game, plus the missing international players now returned to their club.

Portsmouth had just suffered five successive defeats, followed by a 2-0 win over Blackburn at home. They were 15th before the game with a fairly decent home record of nine wins, five draws and five defeats. For Arsenal it just all went wrong on the day.

Although now irrelevant to the league title’s destination, Derby lost again the following day 2-0 away to Leicester, to confirm their continuing decline. Thus everything was set for Saturday 21 April. Arsenal were at home to Sunderland, Huddersfield away to Middlesbrough.

Before the matches the table now read

With Middlesbrough in 17th place it was clear that Arsenal had the tougher of the two games even though they had home advantage. Huddersfield had the game in hand, but still were dependent on Arsenal slipping up. They had just done so at Portsmouth, but Huddersfield needed it to happen again.

But football being what it was, it all went the other way. The results were

  • Arsenal 2 Sunderland 1
  • Birmingham City 2 Tottenham 0
  • Derby County 1 Aston Villa 1
  • Middlesbrough 3 Huddersfield Town 0

Drake and Beasley got the Arsenal goals. Drake was not scoring in every game, that was true, but now having played eight he had scored five – not bad for a player coming in at such a tense moment at the end of the season.

As for this day, it was in short a sensational set of results from Arsenal’s point of view and left everyone in no doubt where the championship was going.

Huddersfield now needed to win all three remaining games, while Arsenal had to lose their last two matches. The goal average was close enough to mean that in such circumstances Huddersfield probably would have enough of a goal improvement to take the title – but even then it was not certain. After that loss to Middlesbrough no one outside Huddersfield believed it possible.

On 25 April Huddersfield kept their faint hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Everton. Their game on Saturday 28 April was against fifth placed Blackburn. Arsenal simply needed a draw against 19th placed Chelsea to secure the title.

Chelsea, although in their customary lowly position, did have a decent home record having won 12 drawn two and lost six.

Arsenal’s team for the day was

Beasley Bowden Drake James Bastin

65344 turned up for the game and at half time Arsenal were 1-0 up through a goal from Alex James. Although Chelsea got two in the second half, Bastin scored again for Arsenal and the draw was secured. With one game to spare it was enough to give Joe Shaw the championship and make it two titles in a row for Arsenal. It was also Charlie Jones last game for the club. Huddersfield beat Blackburn 5-3, but for them it was all over.

There was one game left for both Huddersfield and Arsenal played out on 5 May. Arsenal beat Sheffield United 2-0 while Huddersfield beat Birmingham City away 3-1.

Extraordinarily, as it would seem to us today, the notion of celebrating Arsenal’s second successive triumph, the notion of Joe Shaw, the most unlikely league winning manager in the history of the club, and the notion of honouring Herbert Chapman one more time, seemed lost on the crowd. Only 25,265 turned up for the final game.

In that match nine of Chapman’s selected team for the first match of the season played. The two additions were Beasley, whom Chapman signed and Drake, who he had chased so hard, but who was finally signed by Allison, on Shaw’s behalf.

Fittingly as a look back to the past and on to the future Drake scored both goals. It gave him seven goals in the ten final games of the season that he had played for Arsenal, and was beyond any doubt a significant part of Arsenal’s triumph.

Here is a table summarising the April and May games.

  • Op pos, is the league position of the opposition before the game
  • Pos is Arsenal’s position after the game
  • AC is the average crowd for the home team through the season, providing a comparison between the crowd on that day (in the previous column) and the norm expected by the home side.

It was, to my mind, the most momentous season in Arsenal’s history. That Chapman could die just four days after he seemed perfectly well seems to us today incomprehensible. That Joe Shaw, one of the all-time great servants of the club should be the manager who could take over and take the team to the championship seems beyond belief within the context of his life both before this event, and indeed after, as he returned (seemingly very happily) to be reserve team manager.

To me the season reads like a story book, a sort of Roy of the Rovers event, and the tragedy of it all is not just that the season is hardly understood by many supporters, but that the club itself does not recognise the work of Joe Shaw.

This is why I have campaigned (without any success I must admit) for a memorial to Chapman, Shaw, Allison and Whittaker – the four men who worked together in 1925 and continued the success of the club into the post-war era.

Arsenal played 23 league games under Joe Shaw and had a win rate of 60.87%, the highest of any Arsenal manager who controlled the club for over 20 matches.

He played in the club’s first two FA Cup semi-finals and was an ever-present in the Arsenal side in second season at Highbury. He was club captain in the post-war era and as noted became just the third player to play over 300 league games for the club.

He continued at Arsenal up to, and through, the second word war, and although he then took over at Chelsea for a short while he returned to Arsenal and became assistant manager to Tom Whittaker.

Joe retired from football in 1956 and died in 1963 at the age of 80. He deserves a fulsome recognition at the Emirates Stadium.

The full story of Arsenal in the 1930s is told in our series of that name. Every match, including cup games and friendlies, is included, and there are separate articles on most of the players – those still missing are being added regularly.

You can find the index to all the articles on Arsenal’s most incredible decade at Arsenal in the 30s.

There is an index to all the other series on the site on the home page of Arsenal History Society.

3 comments to Arsenal’s forgotten manager Joe Shaw wins the league for Arsenal. 28 April 1934.

I am a dedicated follower of AFC but never knew that Arthur Manager was the manager in the year that Chapman died. Happy to help him receive his proper appreciation – even if posthumously.

Graham Perry

I would like Joe Shaw to have some kind of memorial. He was my great uncle, my maternal grandfather was his younger brother, Walter. Unfortunately I have nothing of his, although he came to our house several times. We, my sisters and I, we’re not aware of his success at the time. Keep up the good work. Thank you.

I have proposed to Arsenal that there should be a memorial to the four great managers of the era – Chapman, Shaw, Allison and Whittaker, at the ground, and although the club has acknowledged the idea nothing has come of it. I am hoping to be able to put the idea to the club again in the near future. Thank you so much for getting in touch.

Joseph C. Shaw Jr., oceanographer

Joseph C. Shaw Jr., 81, of Lewes passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at his home, surrounded by family. He was born March 6, 1940, in Washington, D.C., son of the late Joseph C. and Ruth (Jones) Shaw.

Joe attended The George Washington University and was a career oceanographer for NOAA. He was an avid stamp collector and model train enthusiast. Joe loved the beach, his garden, and spending time at his cabin in Vermont. In retirement, he dedicated time to the Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park. Above all, Joe cherished time spent with those he held most dear. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Judith A. Shaw his children: Matthew Shaw (Cynthia Furtado-Shaw) of Bristol, R.I., Andrew Shaw (Sei Jung Shaw) of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. and Erin Specht (Fritz Specht) of Martinsburg, W.Va. his nine grandchildren and his sisters: Kathleen Palcher of Potomac, Md., and Margaret Shaw of Sarasota, Fla.

A private memorial service has been planned by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Tom Shaw Realtors is the oldest residential real estate company in St. Louis. Originally established in 1922, by the late Charles A. Shaw and Joe Francis, it was known as “Shaw and Francis”. Some of the most well known neighborhoods in Clayton and Ladue were developed under their auspices, including Clayton Gardens, Davis Place, Lake Forest, The Moorlands and Claverach Park. Charles Shaw, father of Tom, served as Mayor of Clayton from 1933 to 1940 and is credited with bringing Clayton out of the Great Depression. Today, the city’s centrally located park bears his name.

Tom Shaw got his start working for his father in the late 1940’s. By the late 60’s, his love for horses and the desire for a slower pace led to moving west. The business of listing horse ranches and farms became a major company focus. In the ensuing years, thousands of acres were sold and developed including Beacon Hill, Forest Green Estates, Cheri Acres, Westbury Manor, Village of Green Trails, Christmas Valley, Shepard Ridge, Deepwoods and numerous others.

By the early 1970’s Tom Shaw Realtors was firmly entrenched in West St. Louis County. It was then that Charles (Chuck) DeWitt joined as Vice-President. Together, Tom and Chuck continued the trend of buying, selling and developing many large lot developments which include, Shiloh, Thunder Mountain, Thunder Valley, Whitsetts Fork and Babler Forest, along with continuing to list and sell many fine homes and farms, as well.

The third generation arrived in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Tom’s children, Tom Jr., John, Cathy and Chuck’s son, Chip joined during the height of the 80’s recession. It was hard fought, but an outstanding learning experience for them all. With hard work and perseverance, they became knowledgeable in marketing and well informed concerning financing in the real estate industry. Thirty years later all are experienced, successful brokers.

In the 1990’s Tom Shaw Realtors saw another recession and the “Great Flood” of Chesterfield Valley. The business made it through and saw tremendous growth and unprecedented increases in property values. While maintaining our Chesterfield roots, Tom Sr. and Tom, Jr. moved to Western St. Charles County, and they have listed and sold numerous properties in New Melle, Defiance and Augusta, as well as Warren and Lincoln Counties.

Under Cathy’s guidance, we’ve re-established our residential home division, from the Arch to the Missouri River and beyond. Whether new or existing, we’re selling homes throughout the region. Now, John’s sons, Matthew and Patrick are the forth generation to sell at Tom Shaw Realtors. Their strong grasp of the technological demands of the 21st Century ensures maximum exposure for listed properties.

Members of Tom Shaw Realtors have served in many public positions ranging from President of The St. Louis County Real Estate Board, President of the Mortgage Bankers Association, President of Chambers of Commerce and numerous other civic chairmanships. We truly value and support the communities we live in, through a variety of endeavors.

We sincerely believe we can be of favorable assistance to anyone in need of relocation, whether buying or selling a house, ranch, acreage, warehouse or factory. Thank you for visiting our website.

George Bernard Shaw quits his job

On July 5, 1880, George Bernard Shaw, 23, quits his job at the Edison Telephone Company in order to write.

Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland, and left school at the age of 14 to work in a land agent’s office. In 1876, he quit and moved to London, where his mother, a music teacher, had settled. He worked various jobs while trying to write plays. He began publishing book reviews and art and music criticism in 1885. Meanwhile, he became a committed reformer and an active force in the newly established Fabian Society, a group of middle-class socialists.

His first play, Widowers’ House, was produced in 1892. His second play, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, was banned in Britain because of its frank dealing with prostitution. In 1905, when the play was performed in the U.S., police shut it down after one performance and jailed the actors and producers. The courts soon ruled that the show could re-open. Although some private productions were held, the show wasn’t legally performed in Britain until 1926.

Shaw became the theater critic for the Saturday Review in 1895, and his reviews during the next several years helped shape the development of drama. In 1898, he published Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant, which contained Arms and the Man, The Man of Destiny and other dramas. In 1904, Man and Superman was produced.

In his work, Shaw supported socialism and decried the abuses of capitalism, the degradation of women, and the evil effects of poverty, violence, and war. His writing was filled with humor, wit, and sparkle, as well as reformist messages, and his play Pygmalion, produced in 1912, later became the hit musical and movie My Fair Lady.

Joe Shaw - History

No-one remembers who succeeded Alexander the Great, or who the next Khan was, after Genghis. Joe Shaw knew the feeling: when he signed up to manage Chesterfield in July 1973 his task was made all the more difficult by having to step into the shoes of the great Jim McGuigan.

Joe finished an 18-year career at Bramall Lane with a record 629 league games to his credit. He began coaching the Blades’ junior sides upon retirement but went into management at York City in 1967. The Minstermen were forced to apply for re-election in Shaw’s only season there, but it was a surprise when he resigned in August 1968, citing personal reasons. His wife had a wool shop in Sheffield and the couple had been unable to sell this before completing a move to York.

Prior to returning to club management at Chesterfield, Joe had been working as a scout for the Blades and Fulham. This experience resulted in the recruitment of good players in Ken Burton and the experienced Eric Winstanley. His first season, with the rump of McGuigan’s side, was a success, although the sale of Jim Brown to Sheffield United on transfer deadline day caused disillusioned fans to point at a perceived lack of ambition, as three April defeats killed any chance of promotion.

1974-5 was a struggle gates dipped below 4,000 and unrest grew amongst players and supporters. The same question of decent pay that led to McGuigan’s resignation had still not been sorted out and Ray McHale and Kenny Tiler were prominent among those players who were “moved on” after going public with their unhappiness. Much of the fans’ complaints were laid at the feet of an antediluvian board, though, and Shaw was spared stringent criticism at the team’s poor showing. Shaw switched to a 4-4-2 formation with Malcolm Darling at centre-forward, turned down a Watford bid of £50,000 for Ernie Moss and a revival took the team from bottom to 14th place, earning Shaw a second Manager of the Month award in the process.

Shaw brought Rod Fern to the club in the summer of 1975 but the ’75-6 season was again bedevilled by inconsistency as the fans’ patience began to wear thin. Player morale diminished the Manager tried extra training and threatened to drop players but the lack of depth left these threats with a hollow ring. The sale of Ernie Moss brought things to a head. Shaw accepted a £30,000 offer from Peterborough for the forward, causing deep unrest on the terraces, while introducing new signing Steve Cammack with the words “If this boy gets a couple of goals, the public will soon forget about Ernie Moss.” Cammack was a good player, but any debate about the relative merits of the two was lost in the furore following Shaw’s apparently dismissive comments about Ernie.

The summer of 1976 saw the last of the 69-70 championship side move on, when Albert Holmes called it a day. Long-serving Gerry Clarke had put in 22 years as player and coach but came back from holiday to be told in a three-minute interview with Shaw that he no longer had a job. Fans who understood the value of loyalty were aghast that another Spireite hero could be so easily dismissed.

Although the opening games of ’76-7 saw the team in mid-table, seven players were booked for dissent in the opening four games. Clearly, something was not right, under the surface. On Saturday, September 11th, Wrexham came to Saltergate and inflicted a 6-0 defeat, the club’s worst at home for 41 years. The Monday morning inquest rumbled on for an hour and a half, and two things became evident: the players had no confidence, especially in home games, and Shaw could not motivate them to do better. The following Saturday a 4-1 defeat at Hillsborough pushed Chesterfield into a relegation place and on Wednesday, 22nd September, Shaw resigned. Peter Swan, who had taken Matlock to the FA Trophy final, was installed as favourite to take over.

Joe Shaw did not take up a senior appointment in football again. The same competitive edge that made him such a great player caused him to expect too much of his players, and too easily led to frustration when they did not deliver. A line of managers who fell into the same trap would probably extend from here to Bramall Lane, so we should not judge him harshly for that. Although not quite cut out for man-management he had a good eye for a player, but his next job after Chesterfield was as a sales director for Bakewell Bodyworks Ltd. Joe retired to Sheffield and passed away there on November 18th, 2007.


The Cincinnati Reds got rained out in the eighth inning last night, although you probably could have surprised the umpiring crew with that statement. Seemed like they just wanted to keep the party going. A quick glance at some Youtube videos showed the Gods tossing everything but the kitchen sink on the field in an effort to get the umps to pull their heads out of their echo chambers. I even saw some fancy silverware flying.

This ain’t football, umps. This ain’t Rugby. This is baseball. We don’t deal with mild spring rains here. No Sir. They offend our delicate sensibilities.

In reality, though, would you want to stand in against a professional major league chuck-flinger, who is capable of throwing projectiles in your direction at 100+mph when said chuck-flinger says the rain is so bad he can’t hold onto the ball?

I’d rather be at the bottom of a mud pit dogpile scrum in a mid-November NFL game where the most exciting thing is the torrential sleet and downpour. At least there, you can make hand signals at the 350lb lineman currently crushing your chest cavity while your helmet fills with water. Death is no surprise in that scenario. And who knows? Maybe that guy will move and let you roll the dice again on the next play? Happens all the time.

A pitcher loses control of his fastball in the rain and your liable to wake up in the hospital three days later doing your best Dan Crenshaw impersonation. A permanent one. Then, all you’d have left is a career in piracy or politics (but I repeat myself), and what kind of fun is that?

The game resumes this evening, and let’s hope the Gods have found other things with which to distract themselves.

Decision Science Ain’t Exact Science – A TEDx Talk

Hey everyone. The TED talk from January is here. This one was a long, strange trip to bring from idea to the stage. Mayhap I’ll go into it at some point. Until then: Check it out and let me know what you think!


A popular Christian writer and speaker recently posted the following to his Twitter and Facebook pages.

I shared an opinion that, when we start referring to people who think differently from us as a kind of disease, we’re taking a dangerous and dehumanizing step.

It’s Conservative (not liberal) Christians who don’t get vaccinated, even though plenty of non-Conservatives have decided against vaccination. They’re not making a personal choice (I thought “my body, my choice” was a popular slogan on the left?). They’re irrationally REFUSING to do what EVERYONE (who thinks like him) has already shown is a righteous and just act!

In fact, their behavior in the past fueled surges! They are the reason you haven’t seen your grand kids in a year! It’s their fault you can’t go out to eat! They’re actively spreading fear and misinformation! This is a wholly new and dangerous pandemic!

He doesn’t outright state that Conservative Christians are, themselves, a disease. But it’s heavily implied, and how far a leap is it from labeling a group of people you disagree with as active spreaders of fear and misinformation to saying things like “we need to put a stop to these insects … by any means necessary.”

He accuses people of dangerous rhetoric with no proof, but engages in dehumanizing rhetoric without a second thought.

History is full of powerful people using propagandist tactics like this to justify doing horrific things to people they hate. Rather than engaging in discussion and seeking to understand, they align the OTHERS with increasingly dangerous ideologies and shriek. Eventually, someone attacks. Someone always attacks. It’s a playbook as old as time itself.

The conversation on his Facebook page did not go well. He accused me of not caring about the COVID pandemic, of ignoring conspiracy theories, of being an anti-vaxxer and anti-science moron. None of it’s true, but that doesn’t matter. The people who engage in dehumanizing language aren’t interested in dialogue. Point, Shriek, Attack. That’s all they know.

His fans were the same. Loads of baseless accusations. Name calling. Personal attacks. No substance. I’m not human to them. I’m a disease. And if you think differently, you’re a disease, too.

To be fair, this kind of activity exists across all ideologies, all along the political and spiritual spectrum. This is not just a liberal thing or a conservative thing, a christian thing or an atheist thing. This is a human thing. It’s everyone, all of us.

My comments were eventually deleted. Shortly thereafter, there was a comment from The Man himself, stating that all anti-vaxxer comments were being deleted because those people are dangerous and need to be stopped.

And I suppose it matters very little that I read this comment shortly after checking for openings to get a vaccine at any of the local centers (I was unable to find anything. Florida does a good job, but we have a lot of people here). These people are quick to judge, and quick to find fault. They write their labels in ink and they very rarely reconsider.

I think discussing vaccinations and real reasons why some people chose to do and some people choose not to. But we can’t get there if people like Matthew Paul Turner have their heads shoved so far up their own echo chambers, they can’t conceive that people who think differently than them aren’t bugs that need eradicating or diseases that must be stopped.

We’re headed down a dangerous path if that’s who we become.

Elevator Conversations: Weight Loss

Guy #1: So what do we do for lunch?

Guy #1: Actually, I was thinking of getting a salad.

Guy #1: I’ve gained a lot of weight lately. I need to dial it back some.

Guy #2: I’m sorry. I’m sorry. You’re right. I mean, you DO look like you’ve swallowed a sheep.

Guy #3: Right. It’s like you took the reverse Captain America Serum.

Guy #2: We should probably see if we can get a crane shipped to your house so you can move around from room to room.

Guy #3: But one of those REINFORCED cranes they use for lifting huge boulders on top of buildings.

Guy #2: Why would anybody want a boulder on top of a building?

Guy #3: This guy would. He’d probably try to eat it.

Guy #1: Fine. We’ll go to Chipotle.

Santa Claus is Here – A Free Christmas Story by Santa Claus (aka Joe Courtemanche)

We’ve made it to the end of another Holiday Explode-A-Ganza with the Fondue Writers Club AND Bar & Grille AND Laudromat. What better way to polish off this one than to end with a story from Santa Claus himself, Joseph Courtemanche.

Here’s a wonderful story about communities and the Spirit of Christmas. It’s called “Santa Claus is Here”

While you’re at it, why not check out our new book of short stories. It’s called He’s got some books for sale at his Amazon Author Page as well as on Audible.

Thanks for checking out our stories. We have some Halloween and Thanksgiving stories as well, if you’re interested. It’s been a wild ride this year. We hope you had fun. We know we did. Have a Merry Christmas everyone. Have fun, Stay healthy, and please don’t break anything.

Christmas Fair – A Free Christmas Story from Kathy Kexel

If Kathy Kexel were a baseball player, she’d be Ted Williams. She’d be Hank Aaron. She’d be Joey Votto. Every time she steps to the plate (literarily speaking), something exciting happens.

Kathy’s got a new story up today. It’s call “Christmas Fair,” and there are a lot of German words in there. Which is fine by me, because I grew up in a town with a lot of German roots. All drinking and food and dancing and music. No Fascism.

Check out Kathy’s story, and see if you can’t find the same kind of Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz I felt when I read it.

While you’re at it, why not check out our new book of short stories. It’s called She’s got some books for sale at his Amazon Author Page as well.

Thanks for checking out our stories. We have some Halloween and Thanksgiving stories as well, if you’re interested. Santa Claus his ownself will close us out tomorrow with the last Christmas Story. See you then. As always … Have fun, Stay healthy, and please don’t break anything.

The Spirit of Christmas – A Free Christmas Story from Rob Cely

Rob Cely has a knack for creating engaging stories that keep you wanting more. Today, he brings it back to what everything is all about with his Christmas short story, The Christmas Spirit,

Thanks for visiting with us! While you’re at it, why not check out our new book of short stories. It’s called Halloween and Thanksgiving stories as well, if you’re interested. Yours Truly will be with us tomorrow for another Christmas story. See you then. As always … Have fun, Stay healthy, and please don’t break anything.

Of Love and Lunchboxes – A Free Christmas Story by Paul Bennett

Paul Bennett writes stories like you’re sitting on a porch in the winter, sipping hot cocoa and reminiscing about the past while you watch the snowfall. His Christmas story, today is no different.

While you’re at it, why not check out our new book of short stories. It’s called He’s got some books for sale at his Amazon Author Page as well.

Thanks for checking out our stories. We have some Halloween and Thanksgiving stories as well, if you’re interested. Kathy Kexel will be with us tomorrow for another Christmas story. See you then. As always … Have fun, Stay healthy, and please don’t break anything.

Charlie Miller Hates Christmas – A Free Short Story from Joe Shaw

After my Thanksgiving story, people started asking if something was wrong with me.

The answer is “Yes. There is a lot wrong with me.” But that is neither here nor there.

People were concerned that I am incapable of writing a story where nobody dies and nothing extremely tragic happens. I don’t know. We’ll have to see. Here’s my Christmas story:

Charlie Miller Hates Christmas

Charlie Miller hated Christmas. Every kid at William Howard Taft Middle school loved Christmas. It was their favorite holiday. But not Charlie Miller. Charlie Miller hated Christmas.

It had been that way since he was a little kid. Back then, his parents both worked second shift jobs, so he spent most of his Christmas Eves alone in his room, watching cartoons and eating too much candy. Just like he did every night.

Even in the years when his parents made a go of it, things turned out bad. There was the year a water pipe burst, flooding the living room, destroying the floor, all the presents, and the discount fake Christmas tree his parents bought at McAlpin’s department store the previous January.

“They were practically giving them away!” Charlie’s dad said, when he came home with not one but five fake trees. “I can sell them next year and make some money.” Charlie had to get rid of most of his Lego collection to make room for the trees, most of which finally sold around Thanksgiving.

Then there was the year all of Charlie’s aunts, uncles, and cousins drove to Tampa to visit Grandma Joan.

“I don’t wanna go!” Charlie said. “I can’t hang out with my friends, Florida is too hot, and who puts Christmas lights on palm trees? It’s just weird.”

“This is Grandma Joan’s last Christmas,” his mother said. “And anyway, wouldn’t you like to go swimming in the ocean on Christmas day?”

“And get all that sand in my pants? No way!”

They went anyway. Of course they did. Not only did they not get to go to the beach on Christmas Day – it rained the whole time – but Charlie had to sleep on his grandma’s brown, shag love seat.

“Thing looks like it’s straight out of a skin flick,” Charlie’s uncle said. Charlie didn’t know what that meant, but he was too tired to ask because he hadn’t slept in four days.

The worst Christmas, though, was the year his mother convinced him to be a part of Forrest Par Baptist church’s annual play. Charlie wanted a new bike, and his Mom said she’d get it as long as he played the part of Gabriel.

“Stand on a stage. Say a few lines. And BOOM! Free bike!” Charlie said to himself. “Easy peasy.”

One Christmas Eve, Charlie put on his white gowns and stood with the rest of the “actors” backstage. When it was his moment, he walked into the light to say his lines.

What Charlie was supposed to say was this: “His name will be Jesus Christ: the savior of all mankind.”

What Charlie actually said was this: “His name will be … Fudge, I forgot my line.”

Only Charlie didn’t say “Fudge.”

A wave of shock and disbelief swept through the audience. Parents covered their children’s ears. The blue-haired octogenarians grimaced from the back. An older gentleman in the second row burst out laughing, then stopped again after his wife hit him with her purse.

Two things never happened again that night. First: the play never started up again. In fact, it would take several years before the church elders would allow it.

The second: Charlie Miller was never welcomed back to Forrest Park Baptist Church again.

Which was fine by him, because he’d already been on the fence about the whole Christmas thing. This just solidified it for him.

From then on, Charlie’s hatred of Christmas grew to immense proportions.

First, it was just Christmas songs. Charlie had comebacks for each of them.

“If it’s supposed to be a Silent Night, why do I hear you singing?” And. “Who wants to ride in a one-horse open sleigh? The horses stink and it’s cold outside.” And. “Why does this ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ song feel like a couple of months?”

“If I hear someone scream ‘FIVE GOLDEN RINGS’ one more time, I’m just gonna lose it,” Charlie said.

In fact, the moment Christmas started rearing its ugly head – earlier and earlier each year, by Charlie’s estimation – Charlie would question loudly, “Why does Santa keep sticking his fat butt into other holidays? He’s got the whole month of December. Why must he take over Thanksgiving, Halloween, The Fourth of July? This keeps up, we might as well parachute him in during the Super bowl halftime show and start the whole mess over again.”

Yes. Charlie Miller hated Christmas. Charlie Miller hated Christmas very much.

But this year, the year Charlie Millr turned fourteen, was turning out to be the worst on record, and it had nothing to do with Santa or presents or Christmas Carols. This year, Charlie Miller hated Christmas because of Emily Campbell.

More specifically, Charlie hated Christmas because of what his friends said about him and Emily Campbell.

Charlie went to the middle school homecoming dance with his friends back in September. At first, they hung out together in a corner dancing and making jokes about how their principal, Dr. Rivera, looked like a Manatee. But when the DJ put on the first slow song of the evening and the dance floor split with boys on one side and girls on another, Charlie, in a moment of rare courage, stepped across the dance floor and asked Emily Campbell to dance.

She said yes, and they slow danced in the middle of the floor through three whole songs while every other kid at William Howard Taft Middle school looked on in jealousy and disbelief.

They were officially an item after that, whether they wanted to be or not. This, of course, meant that Charlie Miller’s friends constant hounded him.

“Did you kiss her yet?” they asked.

“Well, I’d be afraid, if I were you,” one of his friends said. “My brother went out with this girl once. He went in to kiss her at the end of the night and he said it smelled like Salt and Vinegar potato chips and rotten cheese.”

“He kept going. Had to at that point. It would have been rude not to.”

“I’m sure it won’t be that bad, Charlie,” another kid said. “Just stick your tongue in her mouth the next time you see her. See how it goes.”

It was the same thing every time Charlie and Emily went anywhere or did anything.

After a date at the movies: “Did you kiss her?”

After going with Emily to see her older sister’s college play: “Come on! Kiss her!”

When Charlie walked her home from school just before Thanksgiving break: “Seriously, dude. Just stick that tongue in her mouth when she’s not looking. She’ll love it. Trust me.”

Charlie wanted to kiss her, but he never really had a chance to. Almost every time they went somewhere, it was with other people. The one time he took her to the movies, Emily’s Dad insisted on going with them. He sat two rows back, and Charlie could feel him staring daggers into the back of his head the whole time.

Other than that, they were usually with family or friends. The last thing Charlie wanted was for him to finally work up the nerve to try to kiss her, only to have one of his friends interrupt to say, “Dooooood. Toooongue!”

The truth, though, was that Charlie Miller was also a little afraid. He’d never kissed a girl before. What would she say if he did it wrong? He was the man in the relationship, Charlie told himself. He was supposed to know these things.

But he didn’t. That scared him.

When Emily asked him to join her family for Christmas Eve dinner, Charlie hoped maybe his parents would be up for another trip to Tampa to visit Grandma Joan – who STILL hadn’t died, even all these years later. They had their usual work shifts to contend with. He tried to get one of his friends to plan something, but they weren’t having any of that. He asked his friends at Forrest Park Baptist if maybe he could come to the play this year.

“Absolutely not!” they said. So Charlie reluctantly accepted Emily’s invitation.

Charlie’s friends sat him down for a talk.

“Look, dude. It’s now or never. You have to do it. You don’t have a choice.”

“Right, Charlie. It’s been months. People are starting to ask questions.”

“Who?” Charlie asked. “And what questions?”

“Nevermind. You need to focus. It’s the fourth quarter, your team’s down by three runs, and the shot clock is running out. But the goalie left an open net. All you have to do is slide that puck across the ice!”

“Focus,” they said. “Complete the mission.”

“Okay,” Charlie said, resigning himself to the idea whatever happened at this Christmas dinner, it was going to be bad, because Christmas is bad and Charlie hated it. “I’ll do it.”

The night of the Christmas dinner came. As Charlie’s dad drove him there, he closed his eyes and made up his mind.

“Tonight’s the night,” he said to himself. ”We’ll find a moment alone, even if we have from her dad. I’ll kiss her, get it over with, and then all this insanity comes to an end.”

Emily opened the door to greet him and nearly thirty members of the Campbell family greeted him in unison.

“Merry Christmas, Charlie!” they said.

“I hate Christmas,” Charlie said, and stepped in site.

It was as awful as Charlie expected. There were songs and Christmas stories, little kids running around throwing toys every which way, and old men talking about politics and work while drinking too much wine. All of it gave Charlie a headache.

Just before dinner, Emily’s aunt Delia brought out a box and made an announcement. She’d found a treasure trove of Christmas sweaters in the discount bin at WalMart, and she brought one for everyone. Charlie’s had a reindeer dancing with what looked like a clown on the front of his. They took pictures and immediately posted them to social media, tagging everyone there, including Charlie.

“I can’t wait for this to show up next year,” Charlie said.

Seeing him in the reindeer and clown sweater made Emily laugh. That made Charlie smile just a bit, too.

“Wanna get out of here for a minute?” she asked.

She took his hand and led him to the steps leading to the second floor. After checking if the coast was clear, she led him upstairs.

“This is it,” Charlie told himself as he walked up the steps. “Do it, get it over with, and move on.”

Charlie could hear the family starting into “The Twelve Days of Christmas” from the dining room as they walked.

“As if this could get any worse,” he thought.

When they got upstairs, Emily led him into her room. Charlie had never been into a girl’s bedroom before. He was surprised to see that it was a lot like his. A desk. A bookshelf. A comfy chair next to the window. Her bed had a pink comforter, but that was to be expected.

Charlie didn’t want to appear over-eager, so he pretended to be interested in her books for a moment.

“Jane Austen,” he said. “Nice.” Personally, Charlie thought any collection that did not include Jane Austen was a good collection, even if had no other books. But even at fourteen, he knew better than to say that out loud.

“Charlie?” Emily asked from behind.

“This is it,” Charlie steeled himself. He closed his eyes, turned around, and prepared to make his move.

But before he could do that, Emily ran toward him, wrapped her arms around him, and gave him the biggest, wettest kiss he’d ever seen or heard of.

“What,”she said. “Did I do it wrong?”

“No,” Charlie said. “No. It’s just … I wasn’t expecting that.”

“I’m sorry. My friends keep pushing me. I shouldn’t have done that.”

Charlie laughed out loud, then he saw Emily lower her eyes, and he explained.

“My friends have been doing the same thing.”

“For months. They’re relentless.”

They shared stories of their friend’s antics. Emily laughed when he shared the part about the tongue guy.

“I think I might like that,” she said.

And for the second time since they’d met, he plucked up his courage, took her in his arms, and kissed her. Only this time, because they weren’t so nervous, it was wonderful and exhilarating, and beautiful all at the same time.

“Maybe Christmas isn’t so bad after all,” Charlie thought.

A few minutes later, Charlie and Emily walked downstairs. Emily’s Dad eyed them warily, but Charlie smiled back and asked if they were done singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

“We’re on the tenth day,” Emily’s mom said. “Join us.”

Charlie held hands with Emily and sang the Twelve days of Christmas with all his heart. He sang extra loud on the Five Golden Rings part. After that, he led the chorus on Jingle Bells, and smiled all the way through Silent Night.

Emily’s Dad drove Charlie home that night and Emily walked to the porch with him to say goodnight. He kissed her again, even though he knew her dad could see them from the car.

He watched her walk down the sidewalk to her car and step in. Charlie saluted her father as they drove away and went inside his house to wait for his parents to come home.

From that moment on, Charlie loved Christmas. Christmas was Charlie Miller’s favorite holiday.

Thanks for visiting with us! While you’re at it, why not check out our new book of short stories. It’s called Halloween and Thanksgiving stories as well, if you’re interested. Yours Truly will be with us tomorrow for another Christmas story. See you then. As always … Have fun, Stay healthy, and please don’t break anything.

Banished – A Free Christmas Story by Jamie D Greening

Family Fueds are a terrible thing. They destroy the bonds that keep us together, and they throw families and friends into utter turmoil.

Throw zombie elfs into the mix, and things get exponentially worse.

Today’s Christmas Story from the Fondue Writers comes from Jamie D. Greening, and it’s got all of the above. And then some. Check out “Banished.”

While you’re at it, why not check out our new book of short stories. It’s called He’s got some books for sale at his Amazon Author Page as well.

Thanks for checking out our stories. We have some Halloween and Thanksgiving stories as well, if you’re interested. Yours Truly will be with us tomorrow for another Christmas story. See you then. As always … Have fun, Stay healthy, and please don’t break anything.

Dr James Shaw

I joined the History Department at the University of Sheffield in 2005. Before this I was an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh and completed my Ph.D. at the European University Institute in Florence (1998). I subsequently held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oxford, for a research project examining petty crime and small claims litigation in early modern Venice. This research won a British Academy Competition for Postdoctoral Monographs and following publication in 2006 as The Justice of Venice: Authorities and Liberties in the Urban Economy, 1550-1700, was awarded The Gladstone Prize of the Royal Historical Society.

In collaboration with Prof. Evelyn Welch, I was Postdoctoral Researcher for the Wellcome Trust project Selling Health in Renaissance Italy from 2002 to 2005, based at the University of Sussex and subsequently Queen Mary University of London. The project examined how pharmaceutical remedies were bought and sold in Renaissance Italy. Through quantitative analysis of the accounts of an apothecary shop, it showed how such businesses acted as intermediaries between changing medical theories and contemporary practice. At the same time, the project emphasized how exchange in this period was strongly embedded in personal connections. This research was published in 2011 as Making and Marketing Medicine in Renaissance Florence. See the reviews in the Oxford, Cambridge and Chicago Journals.

My research focuses on the relationship of legal structures (laws, practices, institutions) to the daily practices of economic life. During 2009-10, I examined credit disputes in early modern Florence through close study of supplications for justice. These sources are invaluable for presenting credit disputes embedded in a narrative of personal circumstances, providing rich evidence of market practices, laws and ethics, as well as key aspects of the operation of justice, authority and power in the early modern state.

My new project applies this approach to early modern Venice using denunciations for fraud. Here plaintiffs typically made a moral case that their contractual relations must be interpreted with regard to personal circumstances, in contrast to the normally dry and formal records of debt litigation. I aim to use these records to explore what ethical and legal concepts meant in practice for those operating in the market.

I am presently seeking to develop a research group with interests in the operation of markets, laws and ethics in the early modern period. I welcome contacts with other researchers working in this field, particularly where the approach spans legal, economic and social history.


  • Shaw J & Welch E (2011) Making and Marketing Medicine in Renaissance Florence . Editions Rodopi B.V..
  • Shaw JE (2006) The Justice of Venice: Authorities and Liberties in the Urban Economy, 1550-1700 . OUP/British Academy.

Edited books

Journal articles

  • Shaw JE (2020) Guido Alfani and Matteo Di Tullio. The Lion’s Share: Inequality and the Rise of the Fiscal State in Preindustrial Europe.. The American Historical Review , 125(5), 1992-1993.
  • Shaw JE (2019) Helen Fulton and Michele Campopiano, eds., Anglo-Italian cultural relations in the later middle ages (York: York Medieval Press, 2018. pp. xii+212. 2 figs. ISBN 9781903153697 Hbk. £60). The Economic History Review , 72(1), 398-399.
  • Shaw JE (2018) The Informal Economy of Credit in Early Modern Venice. The Historical Journal , 61(3), 623-642. View this article in WRRO
  • Shaw JE (2016) Was the renaissance a new age? Assessing the early modern period. Modern History Review , 19(2).
  • Shaw JE (2012) Writing to the prince: Supplications, equity and absolutismin sixteenth-century tuscany. Past and Present , 215(1), 51-83.
  • Shaw JE (2011) Zanobi Machiavelli, Battista Strozzi and the high altar of the Badia Fiesolana. The Burlington Magazine , 153(1305), 794-796.
  • Shaw JE (2010) MONIQUE O'CONNELL. Men of Empire: Power and Negotiation in Venice's Maritime State. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 2009. Pp. viii, 253. $55.00.. The American Historical Review , 115(2), 631-632.
  • Shaw J (2007) Agents of empire: Spanish ambassadors in sixteenth-century Italy.. HISTORY , 92(305), 115-116.
  • Shaw JE (2002) Retail, Monopoly and Privilege: The Dissolution of the Fishmongers' Guild of Venice, 1599. Journal of Early Modern History: contacts, comparisons, contrasts , 6(4).
  • Shaw JE () Market ethics and credit practices in sixteenth-century Tuscany. Renaissance Studies .
  • Shaw J () «Contracts damned by God and by the World»: Litigating the Just Price in Early Modern Venice. Quaderni storici .


  • Shaw JE (2018) Women, Credit and Dowry in Early Modern Italy In Dermineur E (Ed.), Women and Credit in Pre-Industrial Europe, 1400-1800 (pp. 173-202). Turnhout: Brepols. View this article in WRRO
  • Shaw JE & Middleton S (2017) Introduction: Markets, Ethics, Practices In Middleton S & Shaw JE (Ed.), Market Ethics and Practices, c. 1300–1850 Routledge
  • Shaw JE (2011) Interessi privati e polizia dei mercati a Venezia, sec. XVI-XVII In Antonielli L (Ed.), La polizia del lavoro: il definirsi di un ambito di controllo (Messina, 30 novembre-1 dicembre 2007) (pp. 23-36). Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino.
  • Shaw JE (2006) Liquidation or Certification? Small Claims Disputes and Retail Credit in Seventeenth-Century Venice In Blondé B, Stabel P & Stobart J (Ed.), Buyers and Sellers: Retail circuits and practices in medieval and early modern Europe (pp. 277-296). Brepols Publishers
  • Shaw JE (2006) Institutional Controls and the Retail of Paintings: The Painters' Guild of Early Modern Venice In Marchi ND & Miegroet HJV (Ed.), Mapping markets for paintings in Europe 1450-1750 (pp. 107-122). Brepols Pub
  • Shaw JE (2004) Justice in the Marketplace: Corruption at the Giustizia Vecchia in Early Modern Venice In Goldgar A & Frost RI (Ed.), Institutional culture in early modern society (pp. 281-316). Leiden: Brill Academic Publishing.

Book reviews

  • Shaw JE (2019) Anglo-Italian cultural relations in the later middle ages. ECONOMIC HISTORY REVIEW , 72(1), 398-399.
  • Shaw JE (2017) La révolte des boules de neige: Murano face à Venise, 1511, by Claire Judde de Larivière. The English Historical Review , 132(556), 695-697.
  • Shaw JE (2015) Nourrir la ville: Ravitaillement, marché et métiers de l’alimentation à Venise dans les derniers siècles du Moyen Age. Fabien Faugeron. Bibliothèque des Écoles françaises d’Athènes et de Rome 362. Rome: École française de Rome, 2014. xxv + 886 pp. €59.. Renaissance Quarterly , 68(4), 1386-1387.
  • Shaw J (2015) The Hero of Italy: Odoardo Farnese, Duke of Parma, His Soldiers, and His Subjects in the Thirty Years' War. French History , 29(2), 264-264.
  • Shaw JE (2014) Tim Carter and Richard A. Goldthwaite. Orpheus in the Marketplace: Jacopo Peri and the Economy of Late Renaissance Florence.. The American Historical Review , 119(5), 1795-1795.
  • Shaw JE (2014) Sandra Cavallo and Tessa Storey, Healthy Living in Late Renaissance Italy. Social History of Medicine , 27(4), 813-814.
  • Shaw JE (2012) Cultures of Plague: Medical Thinking at the End of the Renaissance. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW , 127(524), 164-166.
  • Shaw J (2010) Sandra Cavallo and David Gentilcore (eds), Spaces, objects and identities in early modern Italian medicine, Oxford, Blackwell in collaboration with the Society for Renaissance Studies, 2008, pp. 123, illus., £19.99 (paperback 978-1-4051-8040-5).. Medical History , 54(3), 403-404.
  • Shaw JE (2010) Men of Empire: Power and Negotiation in Venice's Maritime State.. AM HIST REV , 115(2), 631-632.
  • Shaw J (2009) Information and Communication in Venice: Rethinking Early Modern Politics. The English Historical Review , CXXIV(511), 1487-1488.
  • SHAW J (2009) Crime and Justice in Late Medieval Italy - By Trevor Dean. History , 94(315), 391-392.
  • SHAW J (2008) Civic Christianity in Renaissance Italy: The Hospital of Treviso, 1400–1530 By David M. D’Andrea. History , 93(311), 422-423.
  • Shaw J (2008) Living on the Edge in Leonardo's Florence: Selected Essays. The English Historical Review , CXXIII(501), 451-452.
  • shaw J (2008) Guilds and association in Europe, 900–1900 – Edited by Ian A. Gadd and Patrick Wallis. The Economic History Review , 61(1), 252-253.
  • Shaw J (2008) Florence and Tuscany, XIVth-XIXth centuries: Dynamics of an Italian state. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW , 123(500), 183-184.
  • SHAW J (2007) Renaissance Florence: A Social History - Edited by Roger J. Crum and John T. Paoletti. History , 92(308), 570-572.
  • SHAW J (2007) Abandoned Children of the Italian Renaissance: Orphan Care in Florence and Bologna - By Nicholas Terpstra. History , 92(306), 259-260.
  • SHAW J (2006) Women, Sex and Marriage in Early Modern Venice By Daniela Hacke. History , 91(303), 453-453.

Research supervision

I welcome applications from postgraduate students with an interest in the history of early modern Italy, particularly projects adopting social, economic and legal approaches.

Joshua Bell

Title: The Reception of Dreams in Early Modern Italian Popular Culture.

Joe Tryner

Title: ‘One wished it boiled and another roast’: The Florentine Family and its Politics, 1492-1512.

  • Philip Back - ‘If you build it, they will come': the origins of Scotland’s Country Parks.
  • Richard Scott (second supervisor) - Dreams and Passions in Revolutionary England.


  • HST202 - Historians and History
  • HST2010 - The Myth of Venice
  • HST3085/86 - Art, Power and History: Ideals and Reality in Renaissance Florence
  • HST3304 - Debt, Money and Morality


Administrative roles:

I am currently the Director of Postgraduate Studies for the History Department.

Previously, I have served as Exams Officer, Senior Tutor, Level 3 Tutor and Unfair Means Officer.

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