10th July 2014

Turn back the clock 461 years….

…. and Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen of England in 1553. Born in the autumn of 1537, her mother – Lady Frances Brandon – was the […]
9th July 2014

Above the crowd

To some degree, everyone feels that they are ‘above the crowd’ on occasion. Come on, admit it! You know you’ve complained about that motorist who didn’t […]
8th July 2014

Rockefeller and the Great Train Robber

The US industrialist John D Rockefeller was born in New York on this day in 1839. He was the co-founder and president of the first major […]
7th July 2014

History…. but not as we know it!

Sometimes history can take many forms and this weekend, I decided to take in some motoring history at the Atwell Wilson Motor Museum in Calne. I […]
6th July 2014

#27 Emeline (Emlin) Cory, nee Eastcott (1792-1867)

Baptised in Broadwoodwidger in 1792, Emeline was the second of just three children (it would seem) of William and Sarah ‘Sally’ Eastcott. No marriage has yet […]
5th July 2014

Sporting records

You cannot switch on the television in the United Kingdom at the moment without seeing some kind of sporting event. This weekend, we not only have […]
4th July 2014

Independence Day

In the USA, this is Independence Day, a holiday in all states and territories, commemorating the formal adoption of the Continental Congress of the Declaration of […]
3rd July 2014

Mathematical wizardry…..

Regular readers of our Family Wise blog will know that it is – more often than not – about family history or just plain ol’ history. However, […]
2nd July 2014

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

The US writer, Ernest Hemingway, shot himself today in 1961 at his home in Ketchum, Ohio. His wife issued a statement claiming that his death was accidental, but […]