Thursday, 12 January 2017

Family History: Meavy in Devon

The Pre Conquest Family
How many years my ancestors lived on the exact piece of land that is now Meavy is something that will never be determined, but I think that I can say, and with some certainty, that they were of the tribe of British people who came to be known as the Celts. I can only assume that they were always at Meavy, but equally they could have wandered in and settled there from some other area of Devon. It is not too hard to visualise the early settlement in which the Meavy family lived as a quiet and desolate area that was protected by a river on both its sides. 

At the very beginning of the 6th century, the Saxon invaders push westward was halted at Badon Hill in Wiltshire and according to the 9th century Historia Brittonum, it was a victory by the Britons with King Arthur at their helm, a victory that held the Saxons at bay for over seventy years. 
Duodecimum fuit bellum in monte Badonis, in quo corruerunt in uno die nongenti sexaginta viri de uno impetu Arthur; et nemo prostravit eos nisi ipse solus.

"The twelfth battle was on Mount Badon in which there fell in one day 960 men from one charge by Arthur; and no one struck them down except Arthur himself"

This families story continues on my website 

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