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This has to be one of the best ever episodes – I would love to see him play his ancestor in a movie. The story has everything: royalty, war, political intrigue, courtroom drama, romantic betrayal, prison break and stunning locations.
On a historical note, in 1691 the area near Shropshire was very Catholic and included local major landowners of the Gifford family. This is the opposite of the strong Protestant history of the family. Maybe they were there to quell this? See wolverhampton history.org.uk/ people/faith/ christian/catholicism. mariegriffiths John Scott, Stirling bit.ly/1EFoTJa My grandmother, her two sisters and brother were all found wandering the streets of Stirling in 1910, apparently abandoned by their parents (their mother is found the next year living with another man and new baby). The three sisters were put in Stirling Industrial School for Girls, but I have no idea where their brother was sent.
His name was John Scott (a common name, sadly) and he was born on 17 September 1904 in Denny. I know he was alive in the 1930s as my grandfather remembers visiting him as a boy when ‘Uncle John’ lived somewhere below the Stirling Castle wall (in the old part of town).
Does anyone have any clue where an abandoned young boy of six would be sent at that time in the Stirling area? With such a common name I am having trouble finding any record of him at all. His father was also John Scott and his mother was Isabella Wiggetts. sandyscott21
from Staffordshire to Yorkshire? bit.ly/1EFnMZK A number of ancestors on both sides of my family were miners who lived in Sedgley, Staffordshire, but moved to the East Riding of Yorkshire between the 1860s-1900s. They were still miners after the move.
I was wondering if anyone knew of any problems with the mines in Sedgley, or perhaps any initiatives to get miners to move to the East Riding? Kirstylhall
Trying to trace
French military records bit.ly/1EFoAxU My grandfather served during the Second World War. I have his medals and a “Rhin et Danube” badge, but I’m trying to find more details.
Although French, he was born in Algeria. I have contacted the Centre des Archives du Personnel Militaire (CAPM) and Archives Nationales D’Outre-Mer, but have had no success whatsoever. For many reasons he’s a hero of mine, so if anyone has any suggestions about how I can access records, that would be great.
His name was Henri Said, born on 8 May
OpDragoon Dating a painting bit.ly/1EFooP9 This 20”x14” painting (see below) is of my great grandfather, born 1855. There is no signature or any markings on the back.
What’s the best way to date it: the subject’s age or dress? Also, can we tell anything about the circumstances behind such a painting? The family were by no means well off. Any idea of the costs? When did photography become a cheaper option? GClark40
What are the best ways to date this portrait?