Old Scarlett's Grave in Peterborough, England

It’s not often that ordinary individuals are given the recognition that is usually bequeathed to the likes of aristocrats or high-ranking religious officials. Such is the case for Robert Scarlett, or “Old Scarlett,” a Peterborough gravedigger. His nondescript grave marker is tucked away within Peterborough Cathedral, a most dignified burial place.

Old Scarlett died in 1594 at the ripe age of 98, which is no small feet considering his profession and the times he was living in. The...

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