Wednesday, 10 August 2011

The August Break 2011 - Day 10


Ok - bit of a cheat here! 10 pictures, but all contained within 1 'new' one ;-)

These are just some of the family pictures I've unearthed discovering our family tree going back several generations - the oldest we believe to be the one at the very bottom, of my 2xGreat-Grandparents, taken somewhere around 1870.

Older branches of the family 'tree' dip back considerably further, to the earliest (documented) person, one John Hounam, born 1651! He was my 7xGreat-Grandfather.

A lot of my folks were cattle rustlers and sheep-thieves - also known as the Border Reivers! One of them even had a 'run-in' with Bonnie Prince Charlie!

On another branch, my Great-Grandfather was one of a hand-picked crew sent, in 1863, to escort Princess Alexandra to England for her marriage to the Prince of Wales, later King Edward V11, son of Queen Victoria.

There are also stone-masons, miners and the ubiquitous 'Ag Labs' - agricultural labourers, even a tea dealer in one lineage.

Best of all, one of them was a writer! :-)

(maybe there's hope for me yet!)

1 comment:

  1. Wow! You have a fun family history! I wish we had some sheep thieves...well, maybe we do and I just don't know about it. I love old family photos. I have quite a few too, and got some of those old frames with the curved glass for them. In other houses we lived in there was room to display a whole wall of them, but not the house we're in now. I look forward to being able to put them out again someday! Thanks for this fun post.

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