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Map Of Somerset September 13, 2016

Filed under: Ancestors,Cathedrals,Dorchester,England,Festivals,Geography,Maps — Janet @ 9:34 pm

somerset     My latest genealogy research has me wondering about Somerset – a part of England that is not very familiar to me.   Ancestors in the 16th and 15th centuries lived in Barton St David.  Looking at the map I see Glastonbury and Wells.  Ah, I’ve been there once years ago en route to Dorchester in Dorset.  We weren’t quite certain of the route and a very impatient speeding and rude driver nearly slammed into us at one of the roundabouts.  I would have liked to stop in Glastonbury but that experience put me off and we just kept going.  Pity, what I did see of it looked lovely.

That memory aside I looked up Barton St David in Wikipedia and found the following entry

“Barton St David was the birthplace of Henry Adams (1583–1646), who, after their marriage in nearby Charlton Mackrell, emigrated with his wife Edith and nine children to the new colonies in Massachusetts. He was the great-great-grandfather of John Adams, the first Vice President and second President of the United States. He was the great-great-great-grandfather of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States. There is a plaque in the parish church which commemorates this link between the village and the United States.”

Reading the above, now I have even more reason to explore Glastonbury and nearby Barton St. David.  My link to the famous Adams family is remote at best but it would still be a good excuse to visit that part of England.

 

 

 

More Research Into My Genealogy July 23, 2016

Filed under: Ancestors,Cathedrals,English History,Genealogy,Giles Bitfield — Janet @ 9:56 pm

Gloucester Cathedral  Gloucester Cathedral in England

Isn’t this a splendid vista.  A church attended by my ancestor Giles Bitfield, 10th Great Grandfather.  Giles lived in the late 1500’s.  Was he married in this cathedral?

 

St. Magnus Cathedral October 31, 2015

St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall dominates the skyline of Kirkwall, the main town of Orkney, a group of islands off the north coast of mainland Scotland. It is the most northerly cathedral in the British Isles, a fine example of Romanesque architecture built for the bishops of Orkney when the islands were ruled by the NorseEarls of Orkney. It is owned not by the church, but by the burgh of Kirkwall as a result of an act of King James III of Scotland following Orkney’s annexation by theScottish Crown in 1468. It has its own dungeon.

Its construction commenced in 1137 and it was added to over the next three hundred years. The first Bishop was William the Old, and the diocese was under the authority of the Archbishop of Nidaros in Norway. It was for Bishop William that the nearby Bishop’s Palace was built.

Before the Reformation, the Cathedral was presided over by the Bishop of Orkney, whose seat was in Kirkwall. Today it is a parish church of the Church of Scotland.

St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland     11254656_830993850355103_5932586318440464118_n st magnus cathedral  Fading rays at sunset

th st magnus         th orkney

A magnificent place I visited in 1996..

Photo and text credits: Wikipedia