The gentleman above is Capt Thomas Willett (1610-1674); the first Mayor of New York, USA.
Capt Willett attended my old school in England; albeit a few years before my time.
I was recently reading an inventory of his possessions, at the time of his death (don't ask why). Everything was noted meticulously, down to the tiniest detail; socks, shoes, underwear, et al.
Amongst the items listed was '58 oz of outlandish money'.
It doesn't take much to know what was meant by the use of this word 'outlandish', but being a failed student of etymology, I had to look it up..... Yes, it simply means (or did mean) OF FOREIGN ORIGIN.
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