Sunday, 6 January 2019

12 Days of Ancestors Epiphany

The Twelve Days of Christmas ends with Epiphany

It has been challenging to find ancestors that fit with the theme of the poem, but I managed to do it. 

I hope more bloggers will try it next year.


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Saturday, 5 January 2019

12 Days of Ancestors - Day 12

"The twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
twelve lords a leaping..."

There were 12 Lords Falconer of Halkerton.

One of the earliest place names in the parish of Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire is Halkerton, or Hawker's Town, the residence of the king's hawker or falconer. It is said that the third generation son, Ranulph was the first to take the surname of Falconer. Robert le Falconer was the first to have his name associated with the estate of Haulkerton who swore fealty to King Edward I of England in 1296. 

Down the line it was Sir Alexander Falconer (1595-1671), son of Sir Alexander Falconer and Dame Agnes Carnegie who was bestowed the title of the First Lord Falconer of Halkerton on 20 December 1646. 

Alexander was granted a yearly pension of £200 with the title for his ability, integrity, and affection for administration of Justice.

I am descended from Sir Alexander Falconer (1522-1587) and Dame Elizabeth Christian Douglas (1524-1587), my 11th great grandparents, via their son Archibald. The Lords via their son Alexander. 

The information and genealogy comes from different books and a website:

History of the Parish and Burgh of Laurencekirk

The Peerage of Scotland

The Concise Dictionary of National Biography

The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland

The Lords Falconer of Halkerton

Friday, 4 January 2019

12 Days of Ancestors - Day 11

"The eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me
eleven ladies dancing..."

There were eleven ladies in the Ladies Aid Society of Verdun including my grandmother, Sadie (Sarah) King, age 16, in the front row, and my two great grandmothers... Rebecca Mavor and Mary Jane King. I am pretty sure they didn't do much dancing, but my grandmother was taught how to play the piano at the school she attended, and she played the organ for singing hymns at the end of their meetings. 

My grandmother was pretty good at labeling photos, thank heavens!! 

Back - lt-rt:    Mrs Evely, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Mavor, Mrs Dawson
Middle:          Mrs Bradbury, Mrs Hayden, Flo Bradbury, Mrs King

Front:            Sadie King, Jessie Bradbury, Mrs Brown

Reg Cummings - Photographer - cor Wellington & Gordon, Verdun

Ladies Aid Society of Verdun Methodist Church (later Verdun United)

She did not write the name of the lady standing on the far right, who is not one of the Society. 

My grandmother had no idea at the time that Mrs Mavor would become her mother-in-law.

Is one of these ladies your Verdun ancestor?

The Ladies Aid Society had social meetings (often a tea or strawberry social) and often had a religious speaker. They held fundraisers to make money for the upkeep of the church. They also helped out with the war effort.

Many times as a child when I went to stay with my grandmother she took me to help out at her teas or rummage sales at the church. 


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