Amazing how one record can unlock the past. This baptism record from 14 February 1801 for my 4 x great grandmother Ann Locock has led to eight new branches on my family tree.
It looks like the Battle of Bosworth was a family gathering. I’ve discovered another ancestor there, my 15 x great grandfather Nicholas Wilder, a military leader in the army of the Earl of Richmond. Nicholas supported the victor, Henry Tudor, crowned Henry VII.
Trouble with the neighbours. In 1294 Lady Hornby accused my direct ancestor John de Tunstall of shooting an arrow at her steward because he wanted to seize a wagon laden with corn to make distraint.
A colourised version of a picture taken one hundred years ago, of my great grandmother Edith.
SOE heroine Pippa Latour, was 100 on 9 April 2021.
Available soon, the audiobook version of Mind Games, Sam Smith Mystery…
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A Brave New World? by Grant Leishman.
‘As we begin the long road back to “normal” and start to come out of these lockdown conditions caused by the pandemic, I wonder how many of the readers have had deep thoughts about the direction of their lives. Change, fear, and doubt about the future can certainly trigger thoughts of, where am I going and what am I trying to achieve? I know those thoughts full well, as I went through a similar self- examination some years back. I’d like to recount the story of my attempt to create a “brave new world” for myself in the hope that it may inspire someone to begin their own journey of self-discovery.’
Nice to receive correspondence from readers who enjoy my books and wish to discuss the subject matter. My Eve’s War Heroines of SOE Series has generated a lot of interest in that respect.
My DNA result indicated that my ancestors were in the Caribbean. Now, this record suggests that my 7 x great grandfather Edward King was baptised in St Michael Parish, Barbados on 6 October 1722, aged two. What were his parents, Thomas and Anne, doing in Barbados? Were they involved in the sugar plantations? More research required…
Sulham House, home to the Wilder branch of my family. The Wilders arrived in Britain during the second half of the fifteen century, possibly from Bohemia.
My latest translation, Stardust in Portuguese.
I’ve traced one branch of my family tree back to Lord Tancrède (Tancred) “the Viking” aka de la Ville Tancréde, born c880 in Schleswig-Holstein, Denmark. One of…
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