If It's Not Scottish It's Cr@p - Patrick Stewart Supports the Anti-Abuse Movement

Sir Patrick Stewart, Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield and Professor of Performing Arts. President of Huddersfield Town Academy.
Sir Patrick Stewart, Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield and Professor of Performing Arts. President of Huddersfield Town Academy. | Source

April, a Month for Awareness...of England

April is National Humor Month, and Britishers discussed in this Hub all have a grand sense of humor and comic timing. Coincidentally. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and at least one Britisher I love is at the vanguard of stopping violence to women and children, as you will see below.

April is also the month of Poetry, Organ Donation, Celebrating Diversity, Gardens, Food, Mental Health, Older Americans, and Volunteering; while April 25 is National DNA Day. Many other ideas , causes, and contraptions are celebrated somewhere in the world in April - including a portion of Passover; and Easter or Resurrection Sunday in 2010 and many other years.

This April, HubPages also celebrates by writing about England.

Men In Tights and Kilts and Ships

The versatile Canadian actor, William Shatner, once revealed on late night talk TV that fellow Shakespearean actor Patrick Stewart is not British but Canadian, and with a fake accent. This may have been a straight-faced joke, for Stewart was born in England. In addition, Stweart and Shantner worked together on film in the Star Trek® franchise.

No matter his nation of origin, Patrick Stewart has a sense of humor. He was most entertaining on Saturday Night Live, especially in a comedy sketch Phil McKracken, Scottish Therapist, and a few others. Another SNL sketch became a running segment many weeks: All Things Scottish with Mike Murphy, who now voices the Scottish-British-somewhere-in-UK-and- ForeverAfterLand character, Shrek. Murphy's Scottish store's standard welcome and motto was "Welcome to All Things Scottish. if it's not Scottish, it's cr@p."

Mike Myers is also Canadian, with British parents. It's amazing what characters and accents the British and Canadians can perform. Myers has done quite a closetful of them in the Austin Powers films, on SNL, and in animated voice characterizations. James Doohan was another Canadian that could voice a range of UK accents, including the Scots for Star Trek's® Montgomery Scot.

Scenes From A Christmas Carol

Accents and Roles

Known not so much for a range of accents, Patrick Stewart can handle a range of voices, including all of the characterizations in the one-man stage production of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Alongside Jim Carrey's (also Canadian, his mom's surname Oram an Old Norse/English word meaning "dragon") performances in the animated version of the tale in 2009, Stewart's version completes my pair of favorites.

Stewart has also handled the role of Captain Ahab in Moby Dick, which always now reminds me of William Shatner and Ricardo Montalban's final scenes together in The Wrath of Khan in which Kahn spits lines from Moby Dick at Kirk as the alien ship explodes and takes a world - and Mr. Spock - to eternity.

Off screen, Patrick Stewart handles the role of advocate for Amnesty International and the global campaign against domestic violence. His own experiences as a child in this horror are still with him in 2010. After decades, he came forward to speak about his experiences and to join the movement to end domestic violence. He also points out the frequency with which military personnel develop abusive behaviors, including damaging and fatal physical abuse towards those around them. he advocates not only for an end to domestic violence, but for peace (see last section of this Hub for videos).

English or French? The Use of Accents on The Stage

Some viewers of the Star Trek® the Next Generation series were confounded by the fact that Stewart's Captain Jean-Luc Picard spoke with a British accent, although he was French. A stage device for portraying an accent in a theatrical production produced in American English is to use a British accent to indicate a different language, rather than to attempt a harder-to-understand International accent or a foreign language. I first encountered this as a child in viewing a rerun of a black and white film of a production of Chekhov's (not Star Trek®) The Cherry Orchard, in which a British accent was used by Russian characters. Quite effective.

British accents can be useful in potraying any other language, then. These accents are as varied and versatile as the actors who use them.

Patrick Stewart and Ricky Gervais in the BBC Sitcom "Extras"

Scots-English

Sir Patrick Hewes Stewart, OBE is a Knight of the British Empire born in Mirfield near the location of Dewsbery, Yorkshire. His mother's surname was Barroclough ("grove" and "cliff"), a Scottish name with oldest records in Yorkshire, England and which became the name Bruce among the rest of the English-speaking peoples. Genealogy.com records whow the first use of the name Barroclough in Yorkshire in 1297. The family motto is Parum Suffict or "A Little Is Enough." I agree with that.

Stewart is a Scottish name meaning an animal steward and a name from which descended the royal Stuart family, according to the An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.

You can see the Patrick Stewart family tree for several generations at the comprehensive link to the right. The webmaster and owner of the pages was not only born 1/4 mile from Sir Patrick, but is also a third cousin.

Royal Stewart/Stuart Tartan

(public domain)
(public domain)

Mirfield, Stewart, and Robin

Sir Patrick is said by townspeople to be the most famous of the local residents; however, the second link above right, holds information that Robin Hood died in or near Mirfield and that he was from Yorkshire originally as well. You can view a photo of the report grave of Robin, Earl of Huntington on the website.

References to "Robin Hood" are to found in 11th Century legal records and may simply indicate any criminal fugitive. However, some historians and enthusiasts have connected up these references to medieval ballads and poems of the legendary hero. A written tradition of stories continued after that. Whether true or not, the legend is popular with people and out of England.

Stewart and Robin

In the episode "Qpid" of Star Trek®: The Next Generation, Patrick Stewart assumed the role of his countryman, Robin Hood, in a plot twist. Q plays the Sheriff of Nottingham and a woman, Vash, portrays, Maid Marian in a kind of role-playing scenario Q devised to who Picard how dangerous Vash, with whom he is infatuated, could be to him long-term.

The tribute video below includes footage of Patrick Stewart as Robin Hood.

Robin, Earl of Huntington; by Louis Rhead, 1912.
Robin, Earl of Huntington; by Louis Rhead, 1912.

Jean-Luc Picard Tribute

Patrick Stewart Human Rights Scholarship

The Patrick Stewart Human Rights Scholarship has given students a chance for practical experience in human rights work. It is an opportunity create summer projects wil solid hands-on experience for developing activist skills in their practical work on a current human rights issue.

Summer projects can be an internship or an independent study/work project that helps an organization involved with human rights issues. From 1996 - 2005, over 150 projects were completed in the US or by American students studying abroad. Since 2006, Sir Patrick Stewart has given his name to this anti-violence scholarship at the University of Huddersfield, in West Yorkshire, where he is Professor Sir Patrick Stewart OBE.

Among the great actors from England and with English heritage, Sir Patrick Stewart is unique. he ahs involved himself in education and public service, as well as the advocacy of human rights. Not only this, but he anchored it all in his home community in Yorkshire.

Stewart Discusses PTSD at Comicon 2013

Anti-Violence Speech

Personal Experiences

King Richard II. Act ii. Sc. 1.

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"Old Gaunt" to the Duke of York:

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,—


This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.


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© 2010 Patty Inglish

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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Great hub. I almost forgot that it is April Fools day. I'm still laughing at the title.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Happy April to you!


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

Great hub, Patty - Happy April! Love Patrick Stewart! Also love that quotation by "Old Gaunt" at the end. In one of the many movie versions of "The Scarlet Pimpernel", Lesley Howard, as Lord Percy, quotes that passage at the end of the film, just as their ship comes in sight of England.


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

I watched the Patrick Stewart videos at the end - most moving and excellent in their clarity and understatement.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Mrs. Slocombe recited the last couple of lines of the quote in an episode of "Are you Being Served" and I recognized it as a sort of favorite quote of a lot of people; looked it up. Didn't appreciate it the first time I read it long ago.

Patrick Stewart is a brave man to be facing this after so many years of a dread that must have been always with him. He deserves the OBE, perhaps for acting, but defintely for his role as advocate for anti-violence, the scholarship fo many years, and speaking out. A professor and a Chancellor - his hometown friends are happy for him. I'm just speechless. Hope he has many happy years in life ahead.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for a lovely hub and a good laugh.


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

Fantastic. Love the Stuart tartan AND of course April 23rd is St Andrews' Day. Patron Saint of Scoltland.

Great hub. Thank you.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Hello, hello - Happy that you caould laugh with me today. :)

Din - I'll check out St. Anmdrew's Day - some of my great-great-grandfathers' cousins lived in Scotland for a time.


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frogdropping 6 years ago

Patrick was born in West Yorkshire, a stones throw from where I come from. Met him once, accidentally, whilst at Uni a few years ago. A rather small built chap, but most pleasant and not in the least 'up himself' as many stars are. A true Yorkshireman!

Great hub Patyy, made me think of home :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

That's amazing you were born so close to Patrick Stewart's home and met him. Good ot now he's humble, but his videos here show that part, I think. You've led an interesting life all over Europe, frog!


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

A big rate up Patty for a delightful tribute to a great actor and humanitarian - and a truly fun read (as always). One thing about Patrick is that when he does put on an accent (unlike too many lesser actors) he gets it right. Cheers.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Indeed, I wished it would be fun to read; and Stewart has my every admiration. Glad you had a good time here!

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