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For Sale / Wanted / Events / Free eBooks from Open University via Amazon
« on: Thursday 12 August 21 23:01 BST (UK)  »
here's a link via twitter to Amazon and linked to the supply of FREE Open University KINDLE editions.

You have to sign in to Amazon and give your email address and then peruse the list of Kindle ebooks and click on the Buy Now and it will be added to your Cloud store for reading by the Kindle App or your Kindle.
I clicked on more than 50, It'll take me a few years to read them all though, cheers, Ian

Ireland / Gabbett Needham and Sarah Kirwan
« on: Saturday 24 April 21 11:40 BST (UK)  »
I can only find 2 mentions of Gabbett Needham.  Firstly, he witnessed the marriage of John Cathcart and Ann Bowles in Dublin in 1848.  Secondly, the Parliamentary Papers Volume 44, ... Keeper of the Public Records in Ireland lists Gabbett Needham and Sarah Kirwan, an M.L. (Marriage Licence ?) in 1839.
I can't find any trace of the marriage or Gabbett Needham, or birth nor death.
I know that the Needhams, Kirwans and Gabbetts were Landed Gentry in Ireland with connections to the Legal profession and the Church of Ireland and the British Army.
He signed the marriage Register as Gabbett Needham but perhaps Gabbett wasn't a Christian name but a middle name, maybe from some previous marriage of a Needham to a Gabbett.
I'm wondering why he would be attending the wedding of a House Servant ( John Cathcart).
Can anybody find out more about Gabbett ... the mystery man/ woman?
slainge ! Ian

Lancashire / Death on the sands of Morecambe Bay
« on: Monday 02 November 20 19:41 GMT (UK)  »
Does anyone have access to newspapers or coroner's report of 1843/44?  My 4GGrandfather James Dickinson of Bolton-Le-Sands died on the sands in March 1843 yet his body washed up in May 1844.  His wife Ann (Newsom) had died in 1840 aged just 44.  Was it accidental or suicide?
One of his daughters was my 3rd Great Grandmother, Jane Dickinson (b 1832) who married John Cathcart in Preston in 1853.

If you can point me in the direction of where to find some more details I would be grateful, regards, Ian.

The Common Room / Mysterious gathering in 1851
« on: Tuesday 15 September 20 12:33 BST (UK)  »
some detective work needed , or mere speculation, anything at all.  Why were these 15 people resident in Wakeman's Household for the 1851 Census at Ranelagh Place, Liverpool ( March 30th.)
It may or may not have been the original Adelphi Hotel.  The Grand National was on February 24th.   So why would 15 people come together, comprising 3 Solicitors, 1 Shipbuilder, 1 Annuitant, 2 Ladies and the rest Merchants ?  The launch of a ship ?  The forming of a Trading Company or an AGM of an existing company.   The remainder of the Wilson ( Solicitors) family are at home in Broughton , Preston, Lancashire even though WR Wilson is stated as being Unmarried ( he was at least twice married)  Help! , cheers Ian

Dublin / Cathcart - Bowles - Wilson in Dublin 1848 - 1858
« on: Monday 24 August 20 13:18 BST (UK)  »
Dublin 1848 to 1858. I'm searching for William Cathcart, Slater, Gardener, Farmer but

allegedly deceased by 1853.   He was father to John Cathcart ( House Servant) born

Ireland 1828, who married Ann Bowles in Dublin 1848 and moved to Preston, Lancashire

where she died in 1850.  John re-married in Preston in 1853 to Jane Dickinson of

Bolton-le-Sands, Lancashire.
Ann Bowles father was William Bowles, age and Place of Birth unknown. Catherine

Bowles, 28 Upper Merrion Street, married Robert Wilson, a Butler, 16 Upper Fitzwilliam

St, his father John Wilson was a Farmer. They married in 1858 in Dublin and her father

 William Bowles was once a Steward now a Mercantile Clerk.
There may be a connection to the Wesleyan Methodist Church.
Wedding witnesses were Sabbeth Needham and William Griegstian in 1848.
John & Anne's address was given as 42 LR Dominick Street.  1858 Witnesses were George

Dorans and Mary Ivers or Ivens. I would be grateful for any extra information,

thanks, Ian

Armed Forces / 17th Lancers win the football trophy in 1913
« on: Friday 17 April 20 17:13 BST (UK)  »
This is a photo of C Squadron, 17th Lancers Football Team with the Trophy and Shield for 1913.   The Goalkeeper with the cable knit jumper and outrageous moustache is my late maternal Grandfather.  Sergeant Albert Edward Cathcart of Freshwater, Isle of Wight ( b. 1884 died 1962 at Fakenham, Norfolk).
Does anyone know where this was taken?  Perhaps your ancestor is in the picture.

My maternal grandfather, mmn Mitchell.  Born 1884 at Freshwater, Isle of Wight, his mother Ann Maria Mitchell died at Freshwater in 1885, in poverty, marital status unknown.  Her husband since 1874, James Cathcart b 1853 @ Preston ( often states Kendal because the family moved to Stricklandgate .. Census 1861 but then to Alloa, Clackmannanshire for 1871 Census ( as Catticart) and James Cathcart or Wilson at South Shoebury, Essex in 1881 Census, had disappeared.  He deserted the Royal Artillery and enlisted with the Scots Guards in London but got found out.
I have another old photo of him with his team-mates of the regimental football squad,  if I can locate it.

For Sale / Wanted / Events / FREE ebook with Audio-book to follow soon
« on: Friday 27 March 20 21:31 GMT (UK)  »
For all those not easily offended with naughty sweary words you could do worse than amuse yourself reading my first self-published Novella, THE CURIOUS SURVIVAL OF WEE BOBBY BLUNDER ' at Smashwords.
The characters are composites of real musical jamming folks, cronies I call them, who inhabit 2 pubs, one in Dalry and t'other in Kilwinning and the sweary words have been lessened by 50%but some readers still think it's too much, but she lives in Cheltenham Spa.
It is FREE from the publisher's website, do not download it from Scribd or others who are illegally charging money for a FREE EBOOK, slainge mhath! Ian

Armed Forces / James Cathcart, Scots Guards and Royal Artillery 1870s
« on: Monday 08 July 19 14:23 BST (UK)  »
I'm struggling to trace my great grandfather James Cathcart, if indeed he was still with my great grandmother Ann Maria Cathcart nee Mitchell in 1883 as my grandfather Albert Edward Cathcart was born in 1884 at Freshwater, Isle of Wight and spent his youth in Workhouses and his mother died a pauper in 1885 aged 27.  If indeed he was not the father of Albert Edward then his offspring should maybe have changed their surname to Wilson, bit late now though as they are all dead, still, it matters.  Thanks, Ian Nelson

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