Title page and frontispiece of 'The Life of John Metcalf', 1795.
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Engraved frontispiece after a drawing by J R Smith, of John Metcalf (1717-1810), also known as 'Blind Jack of Knaresborough'. Metcalf was blind from the age of six, but still managed to become a first clas athelete, horseman and soldier, fighting during the 1745 Jacobite rebellion. He is perhaps best known for setting up a stagecoach between York and Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, and later (from 1765 onwards) constructing 185 miles of road and several bridges in both Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire and Derbyshire. From 'The Life of John Metcalf...' published in York in 1795.