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Tracing My Irish Ancestors December 3, 2016


Kilkenny Castle

This is quite intriguing.  I found this picture of Kilkenny Castle in relation to my 14th and 15th Great Grandparents.  More to be discovered but in the meantime I feel quite justified in flying the Irish flag – and wearing green.

img_1871 from our deck in Seattle

 in Dublin 10 years ago, modeling my green knitting in the back garden


More Castles And Knights And Lady Janets October 17, 2016

My genealogy research is leading me to all sorts of fascinating information.

For example:  Beeston Castle is an English Heritage site built on the remains of an Iron Age hill fort        beeston-castle-from-a-distance       beestoncastle                beeston-castle-prints_91199_boydell_beeston_med-1

Lady Janet de Bradshaw, 1365-1420, wife of Sir Adam Knight de Bostock, 1363-1420, were my 18th Great Grandparents.




St Donat’s Castle Glamorganshire Wales October 16, 2016

Filed under: Ancestors,Castles,Genealogy,Plantagenets — Janet @ 10:12 pm

st-donats-castle-wales  Isn’t it gorgeous?


Home to some of my ancestors.  History!


Family Connections – Castles In Scotland October 11, 2016

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Castles,Genealogy,Scotland — Janet @ 7:09 pm

In my genealogy research I am finding several interesting connections.  I’m trying to trace each branch as far as possible.  Right now I’m in the midst of several  17th and 18th GreatGrandparents and I’m finding links to two castles in Scotland, pictured below.

merchiston-castle  Merchiston Castle Tower, Edinburgh, home to the Napier family

wemyss-castle-livingston-family  Wemyss Castle, home to the Livingston Family






Found – Another Lady Janet October 10, 2015

Filed under: Ancestors,Castles,Fife Castle,Genealogy,Scotland — Janet @ 2:03 pm

I’m finding more Lairds and Ladies in my Scottish ancestry.  It’s fun,  Buildings, Scotland - Rosyth Castle, Fife - aerial shot  particularly when it’s a Lady Janet.   This is one of Lady Janet’s castles – Forsyth Castle.

Excerpts from Wikipedia…..Rosyth Castle is a fifteenth century ruined tower house ….Fife, Scotland. It originally stood on a small island in the Firth of Forth accessible only at low tide, and dates from around 1450, built as a secure residence by Sir David Stewart, who had been granted the Barony of Rosyth in 1428.

Oops – I think maybe I’m counting this Lady Janet twice.  I’ve somehow discovered her before.