The poem "There was a Crooked Man" originates from the history of King Charles 1st, King of England, King of Scotland, and King of Ireland from March 27th, 1625 until his execution on January 30th, 1649. The "crooked man" is reputed to be the Scottish General Sir Alexander Leslie. The General signed a covenant securing religious and political freedom for Scotland from Britain. The "crooked stile" is the boarder between England and Scotland. "They all lived together in a little crooked house" refers to the fact that the Brits and the Scots had finally come to an agreement, albeit shaky. The words reflect the times when there was great animosity between the English and the Scottish. The rhyme was first recorded by James Orchard Halliwell in the 1840s and gained popularity in the early Twentieth Century.
This poem has personal significance to me because of serious back problems that I had experienced myself. Fortunately, because of the efforts of committed health care professionals, my back problems were resolved.
This experience led to my own commitment to helping others through Neuromuscular therapy, other fields of education, and my training protocols.