“Solitude and residence in Africa”

Mary Sclater is one of those sidelines I became drawn into when looking for someone else. She was a first cousin of my great grandfather William H Slater (1845-1913), so my first cousin three times removed. As I’m still working on her, this week’s blog is very much a current state of research illustrating the  |  more…

Old homestead

The farm of Kebro stands on a rise at the head of the Germiston road, with an uninterrupted view down over the Kirbister loch and out to Scapa Flow. It is about 350m off the main road, in the parish of Orphir, Orkney, very close to the border with Stenness. A place for people Old  |  more…

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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