This website celebrates the myriad people who have made my husband, Michael,
our sons, Ralph and Adrian, and me what we are.
An interesting mix of Cornish, West Country, Midlands and London, our
ancestors, with their combined skills, could have catered for our every need.
We have hatters, shoemakers, tailors, dressmakers and shirtmakers. Our
framework knitters could have supplied us with hosiery and silk gloves. We have
farmers, millers, grocers; we have carpenters, joiners, ironmoulders and engineers.
One even played the serpent in church.
There are stories about some of them which hint at dark deeds, which I promise
to include at a later date.
Among the interesting relatives we've discovered are Mary Ann Brailsford, who planted the first
Bramley Seedling apple tree, John Spilsbury, who invented the first jigsaw puzzle, William Butler,
who worked with Isambard Kingdom Brunel, later to own a tar distillery, and Rowena Cade, who
founded the Minack Theatre in Cornwall.
And who could resist mentioning that their Great Uncle Archie Waring married Hannah Booth,
Florence Nightingale's cousin?
Living relatives include a couple of actors, Jeremy Northam and Julian Wadham, artists Nicholas
Yeo, who recently painted a critically acclaimed portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh, and Patrick
Brill, aka Bob and Roberta Smith, now a Royal Academician, whose work was shortlisted for the
Fourth Plinth, and Tim Rich, a dendrologist, who, in a single morning in 2007, took seeds from two
plants, thereby preserving the flora of the entire continent of Antarctica.
Maritime links include Sir Roger Grenville, Captain of the Mary Rose, his son, Sir Richard Grenville
of the Revenge and Amy Grenville, an aunt who married Sir Francis Drake's uncle,
The surnames of all our direct ancestors are shown in upper case.
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