Author Archives: Martin

The last will and testament of Richard Lucke of Wadhurst, Sussex

Last month I wrote about my maternal 12 x great grandparents, Magnus and Alice Fowle, who lived in Mayfield, Sussex, in the second half of the sixteenth century. In  that post I speculated about Alice’s origins, and specifically the theory that … Continue reading

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 42,000 times in 2014. If it were a … Continue reading

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Magnus Fowle and the Lucke family

My recent explorations of Elizabethan and Jacobean recusancy have re-awakened my interest in the life of my 12 x great grandfather, Magnus Fowle of Mayfield, Sussex. His daughter Agnes married Edward Byne of Burwash and they were my 11 x … Continue reading

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A new website

Now that my historical research has strayed into investigating the lives of people only tangentially connected to my ancestors, I’ve decided to set up a separate website, to record my work on 16th and 17th century Catholic recusants – and more generally, … Continue reading

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Looking for the Langworths

An email from Emily Buffey, a doctoral researcher in English Literature at Birmingham University, has drawn my attention back to my sixteenth-century Sussex ancestors. Emily is researching the early modern dream vision, c. 1540 – 1625, and the focus of … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? Tracing the origins of Isabella Schneider Gibson

Thomas Wheatley Gibson continued the Gibson family tradition of giving his children multiple forenames. A few of these names derive from the Gibson family – for example, the name of their son Frank Montague Hillyard Gibson is obviously in part … Continue reading

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Thomas Wheatley Gibson (1823 – 1884)

In the last post I wrote about Rev. Charles Dockley Gibson, one of the two surviving sons of Major-General John Thomas Gibson. The other son was Thomas Wheatley Gibson who followed in his father’s footsteps and served in the British … Continue reading

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