Sunday, 24 July 2016

Do you have a Toon in your family tree?

Here's the first Toon (for now) in mine.

In 1799, when James and Ann brought their baby to be baptised at the font of St John the Baptist Church in Whitwick, it was Francis Harris, the villages longest serving vicar, (fifty one years and six months,) who sprinkled holy water on John’s head, the water may have been taken from the two ancient streams that joined nearby. St John’s the Baptist Church is a 14th century structure standing on the site of an Anglo Saxon place of
Along the north wall is the tomb of the aforementioned Sir John Talbot who bought about the ruin of Whitwicks castle. 

John's story continues on my website

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Battle of Shewsbury 1403

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Friday, 8 July 2016

Who Said "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"

The study of history is necessary to avoid repeating past mistakes and this has been summed up on more than one occasion in the statement 

"Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it" 

or words to that effect.

One of the more famous quotes "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" comes 
from the pen of novelist George Santayana in his 1905 work The Life of ReasonThis particular saying has been widely used and often wrongly attributed to others, such as Edmund Burke and Winston Churchill.

Burke's politics were based on his hatred of injustice and the abuse of power.
He is noted for his support of the American Colonies against British oppression, the plight of Catholics in his native Ireland and he was against the ideology of the French Revolution. It is in his political pamphlet Reflections on the Revolution in France, published in 1790, that we may find the first use of this 
terminology for this specific meaning.

You can read what Burke, Churchill and others have to say on this subject on my blog at

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

This miniature is of Catherine Grey with her son, Edward Seymour. 
Catherine was the second daughter of Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk and Lady Frances Brandon, whose mother was a sister of Henry VIII and whose father was Charles Brandon one of Henry VIII's closest friends.  
After her elder sister Lady Jane Grey's execution, according to the Will of Henry VIII, Katherine was third in line to the throne of England and because of this the subject of who she should marry was of great importance. 

You can read more of Catherine's story on my website at