Sometimes, when researching a family history, we come across some real gems of information that propel us forward to new searches without even trying. It’s as if the minister in these ancient parishes had predicted that someone, somewhere, would one day need his help in the quest to find their ancestors!
To mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn this month, researchers have discovered the genetic codes passed down the generations from the warriors who fought on the blood-soaked fields of 1314. The Genealogical Studies Postgraduate Programme within the University of Strathclyde is currently running the Bannockburn Family History Project, exploring and revealing the genetic connections between Scotland’s medieval warriors and their modern day descendants.
There are few topics upon which more has been written at various times than the custom of paying calls, with its attendant ceremony of card-leaving; yet all this has not cleared up its difficulties in the minds of many women, if one may judge by the numerous inquiries received by papers which make a special feature of their etiquette pages. Yet, after all, the principles underlying the etiquette of calls and card-leaving are very simple...
The Cheshire Constabulary came into being on 20 April 1857, when the force was established following the County and Borough Police Act of 1856, which obliged the justices to establish a paid police force for each county. Some counties such as Lancashire had already formed forces following the County Police Act of 1839.
Acting had been a profession since the Middle Ages, when companies of players were formed. These are familiar to us from the later, Elizabethan, era, when Shakespeare’s King’s Men flourished in London. However, it was not until the 18th century that acting gradually began to be a more respected profession, open to both men and women. If you have acting ancestors from the last 200 years, you may well find them in records available online at TheGenealogist.co.uk.
60 questions, 3 choices each, 1 answer – how much do you know about British history? Banned beards, efficient executioners and resilient Prime Ministers... Britain’s history is packed full of little-known facts and quirky tales. Bamboozle friends and wow fellow history buffs with this unusual collection of knowledge.
Archaeological evidence of settlement in the Northampton area dates back to the Bronze Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods. It was also a key base after the Danish invasion. During the Middle Ages, the town rose to national signiﬁcance with the establishment of Northampton Castle, which was an occasional royal residence and regularly hosted the Parliament of England, aided by the town’s central geographical location. The town is also the site of two medieval battles; the Battle of Northampton (1264) and the second in 1460.
Medieval foot travellers often used a plain wooden staff with a handgrip and through the ages sturdy sticks have continued to provide support for elderly and infirm people and for ramblers, hikers and trekkers. Additionally, from the later 1400s onwards, walking sticks began to be carried as fashionable accessories. By the 17th century gentlemen’s walking sticks were common accoutrements and generally appeared decorative, rather than functional: fine quality polished woods were mounted in silver or silver gilt and were sometimes ornamented with precious gemstones. Sticks fashioned from ebony or white wood tended to be called ‘walking sticks’, while those of Malacca (rattan) and imported bamboo or cane were usually termed ‘canes’.
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