Saturday, December 22, 2012
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
I saw your family history website on the internet and wondered if you had ever come across any research on William Ayscough, former bishop of Salisbury (1400s), who was quite controversial and would make a good feature for Wiltshire Life, our county magazine.
I believe Ayscough can be spelt in a number of ways and has been spelt Ainscough in the past. However, as far as I can work out his family actually originated in Lincolnshire.
Just thought it might be worth running it past you as I keep coming to a dead end with the research!
Jesses Farm, Snow Hill, Dinton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 5HN
Tel: 01722 717030
Monday, November 26, 2012
Sharon Bordeaux (email@example.com) has been in touch regarding the origins of the name Harrock Hall. She is working on a local community project and they are keen to find out more information. Im afraid I dont know anything about this subject, but if any of you readers more local to that part of the UK can help Sharon please get in touch with her.
I am working with a small group in my neighborhood looking back into the history of our area. Our primary focus is on the section known as Harrock Hall. We've noticed that name on maps dating into the early 1800's, and wanted to know who first called it Harrock Hall. One of our group found the article about Harrock Hall in Lanchashire and we were excited and intrigued by a possible connection.
Recently, in mucking about on the internet I read the following excerpt from a genealogical text:
......The Box family came originally from England, and dates
back in Georgia to before the Revolutionary War. In the
house of a member of the family was to be seen some years
ago a beautifully illuminated coats-of-, belonging either
to the Box or Rigbyes, of Harrock Hall, England, from
which the Georgia family of Box were descended. This fam-
ily also descend from the old Netherclift family, allied to
the families of McQueen, Waldburg, Morels and Jenkins,
as a Netherclift married into each of the above families.
Captain T. Netherclift, of the Light Infantry , is
found among others taking the oath of allegiance to King
George I. in Georgia about 1770-5. We find among the
prominent patriots of 1776 the name of Philip Box, member
of the Council of Safety. He married Elizabeth Rigbye,
daughter, or granddaughter, of *Noah or Henry Rigbye, of
Harrock Hall, England, and the Box family lived at a place
called Harrock Hall, near Savannah, Georgia. Philip Box
and Elizabeth Rigbve had issue —We are excited to find this bit of information. Being rank amateurs in history sleuthing, we are not sure how to proceed, but I thought you might have some suggestions as to whom we could contact to gain further insight into Philip and Elizabeth and how they came to Savannah.If you have any ideas we would be most appreciative.Thank you so much!Sharon Bordeaux
Presumably your correspondents will have seen this entry from English Heritage describing the building and its listing?XXDadWRIGHTINGTONSD 5L SW5/83 Harrock Hall19-11-1951GV II*House. Early C17. Extended early and mid C19, probably replacing earlier work, and restored c1980. Sandstone ashlar with slate roof. A symmetrical composition of 2 storeys. Centre of house has rebated and ovolo-moulded mullioned windows with transoms, and 2 drip courses. In the centre is a 2-storey canted bay window which has cross windows on 3 sides and a single light on each return wall. To the left there is one bay with 5- light windows. To its left a 2-storey porch projects forwards. This has a 3-light window on the 1st floor and an outer doorway with round head and moulded imposts. The inner doorway has a Tudor arch. Projecting slightly at the left is an early C19 bay which has chamfered quoins, 2 drip courses, and tripartite sashed windows with Gothick glazing. To the right of the bay window the house exactly mirrors the left-hand half, but the tooling of the stonework suggests that it is a copy, possibly of the mid C19. Above a cornice is a parapet, with rounded battlements over the outer bays and over the central bay window. Interior: not accessible at time of survey (April 1987), but recorded by RCHM in 1977 before restoration. They noted plastered beams in the hall with quarter-round mouldings, and a C19 stair which had cusped cast-iron arches set into timber balusters.Listing NGR: SD5077212440Source: English HeritageListed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.
Hi B -This also may be of some interest.John Rigby (martyr)From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaThis article is about the saint. For the artist, see John Rigby (artist). For the attorney general, see Sir John Rigby.
Saint John Rigby (ca. 1570 – June 21, 1600) was an English Roman Catholic martyr who was executed during the reign of Elizabeth I. He is one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. (He is called "Thomas" Rigby in The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest, p. 81 footnote; Pellegrini & Cudahy, New York, 1952, a story about the Jesuit priest John Gerard.)Rigby was born circa 1570 at Harrock Hall, Eccleston, near Chorley, Lancashire, the fifth or sixth son of Nicholas Rigby, by his wife Mary (née Breres). In 1600 Rigby was working for Sir Edmund Huddleston, whose daughter Mrs. Fortescue was summoned to the Old Bailey for recusancy. Because she was ill, Rigby appeared for her, was compelled to confess his Catholicism, and sent to Newgate. The next day, the feast day of St Valentine, he signed a confession saying that since he had been reconciled to the Roman Catholic faith by Saint John Jones, a Franciscan priest, he had not attended Anglican services. He was sent back to Newgate and later transferred to the White Lion. Twice he was given the chance to recant, but twice refused. His sentence was carried out. On his way to execution, the transport carrying Rigby was stopped and Rigby again asked to conform to the Church of England, to which he replied: "I am a bachelor; and more than that I am a maid."[clarification needed] The Earl then asked Rigby for his prayers. Rigby was executed by hanging at St Thomas Waterings on June 21, 1600.CanonizationHe was canonized in 1970; his feast day is October 25. Saint John Jones, the priest who had reconciled Rigby, had died at the same place Rigby had died, St Thomas Waterings, two years earlier, on July 12, 1598.
The Rigby link looks good.XXXDad
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Ann Ward (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
I saw your name on the internet and thought I would drop you a line.My name used to be Ann Shackleton. My dad is Peter Shackleton and my grandma was Florence Augusta Morphew.My grandma always claimed we were related to Anne Askew and I remember as a child being brought to Habrough to visit her Aiscough relatives.I have recently started a course to become an official City of London guide and Anne Askew has come up - there is a plaque with her name on in the Guildhall - so I thought I would try to see if my grandma was right.I would really appreciate any information or contact details for anyone else in the family.Many thanksAnn Ward
Dear Ms Ainscough,
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
My grandfather was James Martland Ainscough, born Feb 25, 1854 Standish.
He married 3 times.
- Firstly Sarah Halton of Standish on 6 Oct. 1885, at St. Wilfrid's, Standish. Their son, Sir Thomas Martland Ainscough was born 1886. Sarah died in Feb 1888.
- 2nd marriage was to Jane Lancaster, born 1861/62, where? They married in 1894 at St. Clements Chorlton cum Hardy in 1894. Jane died in 1907.
- 3rd marriage was to Margaret Almond in 1908? My mother Dorothy was a daughter of that marriage, born Nov. 1912. She married Gerard Pendlebury (of Pendlebury and Co. Wigan) in June 1939, he died in 1948. I am the 2nd daughter of that marriage, my sister Anne is the eldest.
Thanks for your emails Barbara. You are welcome to pass on the information if you wish, you never know what it might turn up! I don't have any certificates sadly. I'm only going on what I can get from parish records and one or two books that mention my grandfather, one small one being written by my aunt Margaret Ainscough in 1937. She was my mother's sister and daughter of James Martland Ainscough.
I do have lots of old photos too, which need sorting. I know someone here whose maiden name was Ainscough, now Elfreda Woolrich, she came from the Burscough area.
Somewhere I have her family tree, but I still have some sorting out to do ! Perhaps there is a link there.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Can I bring to your attention details of this year’s St.Olav's Day Wirral Viking Heritage walk/Pilgrimage:
This year’s walk (the 5th annual walk) goes from the site of the old Viking church at St. Bridget's in West Kirby (where there is the famous Viking hogback tombstone and also a dedication to St. Olav) to another church with strong Viking roots - St. Mary and St. Helen in Neston, where there are the fragments of at least 3 Viking crosses, one of which has been magnificently rebuilt into a painted replica featuring a Viking lady with her arm touchingly around the waste of her husband. We meet outside St. Bridget’s Church at 11.30. After a demonstration of the St. Bridget's Viking stone (and the dedication to St. Olav) around 11.40 (please do not go into the Church before this unless you are attending the morning service at 10am) and a blessing by Rev John Bleazard the walk proceeds along the Wirral Way & along our beautiful coastline, stopping for a break at the Thurstaston Visitor Centre, through Heswall and onto Neston, finishing with a cup of tea (& possibly like last year with scouse/lapskaus) and a demonstration of the Viking stonework - and the replica inside the Church.
Last years walk (which went from Neston to Chester) was recently broadcast as part of BBC2’s The Great British Story with Michael Wood – you can still see this here:
As in previous years, the July 29th 2012 walk will require a reasonable level of fitness to complete the full distance of 8 miles or 12km. As before it will also be possible to join in for only part of the walk (e.g. joining or leaving us at the Thurstaston Visitor Centre, where we will be having a break). In common with the main St. Olav’s Pilgrimage in Norway, although we provide a guide, you come at your own risk and are responsible for yourselves. You would also responsible for making your own transport arrangements from Neston at the end of the walk. It may be possible for groups to share a taxi back to West Kirby.
In the interests of safety we need to give the police an idea of numbers so if you intend coming please email me
email@example.com by Saturday 28th July, 4pm. Details and the background behind the walk can be found here.
Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit
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Saturday, January 28, 2012
Forthcoming seminar next Wednesday 1st February at 7.30pm at St. Bridget's Church, Rectory Road, West Kirby and its in aid of the St. Bridget's Appeal, raising funds for the new Community Centre. The talk is Viking Wirral and the Battle of Brunanburh. St. Bridget's - founded by the Vikings, and which gives its name to West Kirby "The West Settlement of the Church" - one of very many names on Wirral with Viking origins - possesses one of the north west's greatest treasures, the Viking Hogback tombstone which will also be on display. 1st of February is also St. Bridget's Day.
Tickets (at the door) are £5.00 adults, £2.50 children. All proceeds go to the Appeal.
Hope to see you there!
Thanks and best wishes
Saturday, January 07, 2012
On 5 Jan 2012, at 11:52, Anita Smith wrote: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
On 7 Jan 2012, at 09:37, Stephen Harding wrote:
Can I bring to your attention details of 2 forthcoming seminars:
1. Monday 9th January, Liverpool Victoria Boat Club, Wallasey Docks, Wirral. Viking Wirral and the Draken Harald Fairhair Longship project, 2.30pm. To be attended by the Mayor of Wirral. About the largest ever longship reconstruction (35m long) coming to Wirral/Liverpool from Haugesund, Norway in 2013. We are also still accepting volunteers to help row the 35m vessel into harbour!.
No charge & hot drinks provided, - donations to RNLI welcome.
Contact Jim Bibby at the club to reserve a place: Jimbibbyanorak@aol.com tel: 0151 639 0352.http://www.wirralnews.co.uk/wirral-news/local-wirral-news/2012/01/04/viking-expert-and-rowing-club-to-reveal-volunteer-training-plans-for-project-to-sail-longship-reconstruction-to-wirral-80491-30053070/
2. Wednesday 1st February 2012. Viking Wirral and the Battle of Brunanburh. St. Bridget’s Church West Kirby, 7pm. About the latest research and a new book about the Battle. Brunanburh is the old name for Bromborough. St. Bridget's - founded by the Vikings, and which gives its name to West Kirby - possesses one of the north west's greatest treasures, the Viking Hogback tombstone which will also be on display.
Contact Martin Harrison at the Church to reserve a place: email@example.com
Best wishes and a happy new year!
Steve Harding, University of Nottingham Centre for the Study of the Viking Age, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK; Tel: +44(0) 115 951 6148 (fax 6142); Mob +44(0) 78110 90635; http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/csva/people/steve.harding;http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/-sczsteve
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Additional links to this family can be found on this blog here:
On 20 Dec 2011, at 16:51, Anita Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
Ive sent you the photo of Elizabeth Ann Ainscough birth 15 September 1857 Wigan,
death 17 June 1943 Fylde,
Her parents were: Father Edward Ainscough & Mother Dorothy Cowell.
Daughter Elizabeth Ann Ainscough birth 15 September 1857 Wigan, death 17 June 1943.
Elizabeth Ann's son John Francis Smith - birth 20 September 1884 and death 19 September 1958, North Wales
John Francis Smith married Anne Jane her birth is 28 Feb 1892 - death 18 Aug 1973, 99 Penrhos Avenue lLandudno Junction - married 5 Sept 1921 Fylde Lancashire, their son James Berry Smith is my father in law.
(I married his son John Francis Smith, a lot of information has come from my father in law
The North of England Study
Background to the studyThis Leverhulme Trust/Wellcome Trust-funded study is being carried out by Dr Turi King in collaboration with Professor Mark Jobling at the University of Leicester as part of the Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain project.
Surnames are passed down from fathers to sons, and in Britain, this has been going on since heritable surnames were first established some 700 years ago. We have studied the link between DNA and surnames, focusing on the Y chromosome, part of our DNA that is, like the surname, passed down the paternal line.
In this project we want to learn about British history by studying the Y chromosomes of men with old local surnames, to provide us with a link to the DNA of people in the past. We are particularly interested in the history of the Vikings. We know that these people left a lasting legacy on our language, landscape and place-names. But did they leave any genetic trace in today's population?
To answer this question, we wish to obtain DNA samples from men with old local surnames from the north of England. Men carrying such names are very likely to have inherited them from ancestors who lived in the area only a few generations after the Vikings settled in the region.
We have nearly completed recruitment for this study, but still require participants bearing one of the eligible surnames listed below. DNA donation is simply via a saliva sample, and volunteers will receive a description of their own Y-chromosome type when the work is completed in 2013.
If you are a man carrying one of these surnames, your father's father was born in the north of England (Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Durham or Northumberland) and you would like to take part in the study, please read on below.
How to take part in the studyMen interested in taking part are asked to register to attend one of the recruitment events listed below. Here participants (and anyone interested in the study) will be able to come along, listen to a talk, ask questions about the project and give a DNA sample on the day.
January 21st, 2012, York, New Earswick Folk Hall, Meeting Room at 10am-12 noon
January 21st, 2012, Harrogate, St Paul's Church Hall, Belford Road, off Victoria Avenue, at 3-5pm
January 22nd, 2012, Lancaster, St. John's Church, North Road, LA1 1PA at 9-11am
January 22nd, 2012, Keswick, Crosthwaite Parish Room, Main Street, at 3-5pm
To register to take part please fill in your details in the form here. In this study we require only one man per surname (including surname spelling variants). As representatives for each surname come forward, we will continue to list the remaining surnames for which we do not yet have participants on the drop-down list on the registration page. If you do not have one of the eligible surnames but would still like to attend one of the events, please click here.
What does taking part involve?Aside from the talk, participating will take around 10 minutes of your time and enable you to find out more about your ancestry and the history of the Britain. We ask that you fill out a questionnaire about your ancestry, sign a consent form, and donate a saliva sample that provides us with the DNA that we need.
Participants will be provided with a summary of the results, designed for a layperson, at the end of the study in 2013. In addition we will provide a copy of each participant's Y chromosome genetic fingerprint and an explanation sheet designed for the layperson.
During this project we are looking at normal variation only, and no targeted tests of any medical consequence are done. However, while analyzing Y-chromosomal variation it can be found, in very rare cases, that a man has lost part of his Y chromosome which is related to fertility. Therefore, if potential participants are concerned about the risks of detecting infertility, we would suggest that they do not take part.
To register to take part please fill in your details in the form here. In this study we require only one man per surname (including surname spelling variants). As representatives for each surname come forward, we will list the remaining surnames for which we do not yet have participants.
The surnames we are interested inThe only criteria for participating are that you are a man whose father's father was born in the north of England (Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Durham or Northumberland) and that your surname is one of those listed below.
Exact spellings only, please. If you think that your surname is an unlisted variant of one of these names, please email@example.com
Individuals who have one of the eligible surnames who wish to take part but are not able to attend one of the events are asked to firstname.lastname@example.org
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