One of the lines of inquiry that a family history researcher aims to achieve is to find out where an ancestor lived at particular stages of their lives. There are many records that we can use in this pursuit, including censuses, vital record certificates and so on. In this piece I have sought to use some of those easily available records online to collect several of the addresses for the famous creator of James Bond over time.
Even if a search on the internet is for ‘Ardlamont’ with a Scottish holiday in mind, alongside the beautiful Kyles of Bute, the responses will mention the ‘Ardlamont Mystery’ or sometimes the word murder will be used. This is because in August 1893, Alfred Monson, 33, took his student Cecil Hambrough (who was 13 years younger) on a shooting holiday in Ardlamont. The result of their day’s excursion that summer was the mysterious death of young Hambrough and a murder hunt for Monson and his friend, Edward Scott, who was with the pair that day. The affair led to a murder trial, with Monson in the dock, and the notoriety of the trial escalated when Dr Joseph Bell, prominent Edinburgh doctor and model for Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, gave testimony for the prosecution. The brilliant lawyer John Comrie Thomson led the defence, and the verdict eventually was the Scotland-specific one of ‘not proven’.
In 1892, one entrepreneurial couple started their own company – one aimed squarely at women. The Irristum Remedy Company would successfully market cures and pills to women over the course of the next 40 years, aiming to solve everything from ‘fatness’ to period pain or even possibly unwanted pregnancies.
Many family trees have a child who features on censuses, but disappears in adulthood. Coal miner John McQuillan of Worsborough Dale near Barnsley went missing between 1891 and 1901. Similarly, his Uncle Peter could not be traced anywhere after the 1861 census. In such situations, emigration is a possibility, but records may be inconclusive.
This series has examined the economic and social prominence of sheep-rearing and the wool trade for centuries between the Middle Ages and the Victorian era, employing many of our ancestors and literally shaping the rural and urban landscape. However the 19th and 20th centuries witnessed immense changes in the British woollen industry, as output declined and established companies closed or amalgamated in the face of changes in fashion, the advancement of synthetic fibres and surge in overseas production of cheap textiles.
TheGenealogist has now added a total of over 1 million individuals to its unique Lloyd George Domesday Survey record set, with the addition this week of 85,959 individuals from the 1910s property tax records for the Borough of Haringey. Covering the areas of Hornsey Central, Hornsey East, Hornsey West, as well as Tottenham A, Tottenham B, Tottenham C and Wood Green, this latest release is made up of maps and field books that name property owners and occupiers. This exclusive online resource that gives family history researchers the ability to discover where an ancestor lived in the 1910-1915 period.
The Romans began settling Gloucester in the first century AD on account of it being next to the lowest point where the River Severn could be crossed. The city prospered, even after the Fall of Rome, although we know little of its subsequent life (under the Celts) until the Saxon Chronicles report of its capture in 577. Gloucester’s central cross-shaped street plan is owed to the Saxon Aethelflaed, daughter of Alfred the Great. In this era the city already had a castle and a mint, and saw pilgrims coming to visit the shrine of St Oswald – the remains of St Oswald’s Priory can still be seen today.
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