Broo o’ brinkie, eye o’ life

“Broo o’ brinkie, eye o life, bubbly jock, pen knife” This rhyme is laden with memories of granny, my paternal grandmother, reciting it to me, touching my forehead (broo), eyes, nose (bubbly jock) and mouth (pen knife). Passing on more than names and dates Now, over fifty years later, I recite the same rhyme with  |  more…

Finding your roots – who was the mystery celebrity?

In summer 2016 the American tv series Finding your roots approached me to do some research.  They could not tell me the name of the famous person whose ancestry I would work on. Not a problem, research is research. All is now revealed I’ve just found out that Christopher Walken was the celebrity whose ancestor  |  more…

Posted on 30 April 2018.   Filed under General

No shrinking violet

This week’s topic for the 52 ancestors challenge is strong woman. There’s quite a lot of choice among my ancestors but I’ve picked Auntie Violet, actually my grand aunt, sister of my grandmother Jessie. Unlike all the ancestors I’ve written about so far, I knew her and this blog includes my recollections as well as  |  more…

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