The man behind a family heirloom

The “Burmese gong” stood on a shelf at my parents’ house for as long as I can remember. I knew that “hid cam fae [it came from] Thistlebank” but little more. Perhaps it is not even Burmese.                                                      The man who brought  |  more…

Valentine – is Robert Gray my Mr Right?

Valentine card, from ?? There’s sometimes an air of mystery, someone who doesn’t want to identify themselves. I have a potential x5 great grandfather who married on 14 February 1769, but is he Mr Right? (Valentine is the theme for #52ancestors challenge this week) Robert Gray – working backwards The starting point is Janet or  |  more…

Oh my darling Clementina

James, John, Jean, Ann… my direct line is full of very common names. There are some more unusual ones too – Tomima, Walterina, Cecilia – but perhaps my favourite name is Clementina. Clementina Johnston (c1813-1855) Clementina Johnston, often called Clement in records, was my x3 great grandmother. She was born in either Lerwick or Weisdale,  |  more…

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