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Heraldry Crests and Coats of Arms / Re: Engraved cufflinks
« on: Sunday 18 October 15 12:06 BST (UK)  »
Fairbairns' Crests lists some thirty names of families that use the scimitar crest.  This list includes the name Martin.  However it does not identify a specific branch of the family although a number of specific people are associated with a similar crest that just uses the lower arm truncated below the elbow. 

Do you mean "coloration"? "Colorization" seems to be an American corruption of the English language.

Warwickshire / Re: MATTHEWS - Rugby areas
« on: Monday 10 August 15 16:51 BST (UK)  »
William Matthews and Bethsheba Drakely were my 4xgt grandparents.  She was bapt 10 Dec 1797 and married William 1 Nov 1818.  They lived in Back Lane Nuneaton until 1837 but by 1854 were living in Newbold on Avon where Bethsheba was buried 4 Nov 1878 aged 83

The Common Room / Re: Meaning of " oddfellow"
« on: Thursday 30 July 15 12:16 BST (UK)  »
The oddfellows were originally a guild for tradesmen who didn't have sufficient numbers in a town to belong to a guild associated with their particular trade.  They were thus the odd ones out.

Northamptonshire / Re: Northampton Town and County School c1910 -1914
« on: Sunday 19 July 15 11:25 BST (UK)  »
The school was in Billing Road where it still is although it has undergone a number of name changes and changes in function over the years.

When I went there in 1951 it was Northampton Town and County Grammar School and there were still a few fee paying and boarding pupils in the sixth form. All the county (as distinct from town pupils) travelled in daily by public transport.  We were all very jealous of those travelling from some distant villages who left 15 minutes early in order to catch their 4.00pm bus.

The Common Room / Re: "Churched" ?
« on: Sunday 24 May 15 12:25 BST (UK)  »
Churched often applied to a child that was baptised at home usually because it was sickly and not expected to survive.  The original baptism was often recorded in the register as half baptised.  This sometimes led to a second entry in the register and the child appearing to be baptised twice.

The Common Room / Re: Routledge - Scottish connection??
« on: Saturday 02 May 15 17:05 BST (UK)  »
Rutlege was a usual alternative spelling in the UK in the 17th century and earlier.

The surname Routledge takes its ancient origins from two words, rudd leche meaning red stream. There are countless variations in the early spelling of Rutledge, the earliest recorded have a Norman flavour and include De Routluge. From the Middle Ages onwards Routledge becomes the main spelling and it still exists in this form today. In the 15th Century the Routledges are found across the debatable land, a lawless enclave on the English Scots border. Their earliest home is said to have been on the Bailey waters near Bewcastle in the southern debatable lands. On a present day map "Routledge Burn" ( Burn meaning stream, perhaps this is the red stream the name comes from ! ) appears in the Kershope forest less than 1 mile south of the current Scots border which is marked by Liddle water.
  General Dacre the warden of the West March is said to have assembled a force of over 500 men to destroy the Routledges. They managed to escape north of the border with most of their possessions and relocated around the Tarras Burn. When the 2 crowns of England and Scotland united under one kingdom the reiver families of the border region suffered great hardship, no longer able to escape into a foreign land and exploit the many loopholes they had used for generations.

The Common Room / Re: Routledge - Scottish connection??
« on: Saturday 02 May 15 12:38 BST (UK)  »
The Routledges were traditionally a border family and would be found on either side of the Scottish border depending on the current "political" climate.  They usually described themselves as borderers rather than Scots or English.

One Name Studies: A to G / Re: Edlin in Leics and Lincs and NZ
« on: Saturday 25 April 15 12:23 BST (UK)  »
Arthur is commemorated on the Haidar Pasha Memorial at Istanbul.


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