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  There was even a belief that he was the Wandering Jew, doomed to walk the earth until Christ's second coming.   But the reality is probably less fantastic, as the prescribed remedy appears in the contemporary medicinal book, Complete Herbal , by Nicholas Culpeper.   A FRIAR'S PROPHECY THE EARLIEST known reference to this tradition is in the Stamford Mercury of October 1825, at the time of Henry Fryer's bequests for the foundation of a hospital, and was copied by later writers.   According to a rhyme affixed to the gate, Walter de Heston predicted that Greyfriars gate reproduced from Francis Peck's Annals , 1727.   The Stamford and Rutland Infirmary stands on the site of the Franciscan Greyfriars and was endowed by Henry Fryer, surgeon, in 1828.   lack >   The whole tale lack s credibility in that Heston, a noted academic who died c. 1357, was not a Franciscan but a Carmelite of the Whitefriary, and his connection with Stamford is purely related to the university legend.     The Whitefriars was until recently believed to stand on the hospital site, but it was actually positioned between St Paul's Street and Priory Road.   The surviving gateway to it is but a poor mutilated fragment, hardly a "hallowed gate".   The tale is probably just a contemporary fabrication.   GHOST TALES FOR A town of such ancient importance, Stamford has remarkably few ghost traditions.