Contents

A sample of the variety of subjects covered in the blog:-

Hutton Rudby and area


A History Walk round Hutton Rudby is the text of my first booklet

Stately Homes of Hutton Rudby is the text of a booklet on the larger houses

George Young Blair and Drumrauch Hall tells the story of the building of Drumrauch Hall.  This Victorian country house is now a small hamlet in itself.

The People behind the Plaques – a guide to the monuments and memorials inside All Saints' Church, Hutton Rudby

Errors in the Hutton Rudby parish registers is for family historians who are looking in vain for their ancestors in C19 Hutton Rudby

The Mormons of Faceby – the story of the villagers who left North Yorkshire for Utah in 1855 begins with this post

Radicalism in Stokesley in the 1820s and Wars of Words in Stokesley in the 1840s tell of literary and political debate in the market town in the C19

The A to Z of people of Hutton Rudby begins here

Thomas Milner of Skutterskelfe: the life & times of a Tudor gentleman tells the story of the man whose name is recorded on the pulpit of Hutton Rudby church.  He and his family and friends lived through interesting times – particularly the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536 and the Rising of the Northern Earls (also called the Northern Rebellion or the Rising of the North) in 1569

Sir Thomas Layton finds himself before the Star Chamber, 1633 is a sequel to the story of Thomas Milner and his cousin Thomas Layton

The Revd Francis Blackburne (1748-1816) of Rudby-in-Cleveland tells of a clergyman who was briefly vicar of Rudby but who spent the rest of his life as vicar of Brignall near Barnard Castle.  Brignall has two moments in the limelight while Francis was its vicar:  its mention in Sir Walter Scott's poem Rokeby, and the discovery of the Curse Tablets on Gatherley Moor.

Guisborough & Whitby area

the account of Thomas Atkinson and his voyage begins with this post

Guisborough's link to Lewis Carroll: Henry Savile Clarke (1841-93) and his family - their story begins with this post.  It leads to London, the theatre, high society, the aesthetic movement, Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley.  Henry's daughter Clara was, before her early death in 1898, a clever modern novelist who lived for a time in Paris.

is one of several posts regarding the Weatherill family of Whitby and Guisborough.  They include Anne Weatherill's diary: Guisborough 1863

The Jackson family of Lazenby and Lackenby is the first of a series of posts on the family, including  John Jackson and his uncle, Captain Thomas King (1748-1824), which is an account of Captain King's involvement in the transatlantic slave trade.

Literary Wars in Whitby: 1825-1833 is an account of the literary life of Whitby in the early C19

Cousins from Sandsend: John Buchannan & George Pyman and John Buchannan & the Isle of Skye are accounts of the solicitor John Buchannan of Whitby and his cousin, the shipowner George Pyman

Captain Michael Langborne: privateer of Whitby is the first of a series of blogs on the Langborne family, and Captain Thomas Galilee 1744-97 and his family begins the story of their relatives, the Galilees.

Nunthorpe in Cleveland

There are various posts on life in Nunthorpe in the first half of the C20.   Here, for example, is the first post of several on Women's Institute Drama in the village.

Cleveland & the First World War

Posts published in November 2012 include several on the subject of WWI, including

and
The War Memorial to the 50th (Northumbrian) Division - an account of the design competition for the memorial that stands near Ypres

Middlesbrough & Boroughbridge

John Richard Stubbs (1838-1916) was born in Boroughbridge and practised law in Middlesbrough.

See Ledgers of the Stubbs business in Boroughbridge for an account of the family business.

A Boroughbridge Boyhood in the 1850s is an account of his early life, followed by posts on his family.

An A-Z of people mentioned in John's diaries 1853-60 begins here

John Richard Stubbs' diaries for 1853 to 1907 are posted from here 

Great Ouseburn & the Brontës

Branwell Brontë's "honest and kindly friend": Dr John Crosby of Great Ouseburn is an account of the local surgeon who befriended Branwell Brontë in his time as a tutor at Thorp Green

Thorpe Underwood Hall stands close to the site of the old Thorp Green Hall, which was destroyed by fire.

Two remarkable women

Two women with connections to North Yorkshire who deserve celebrating and remembering:

Miss Margaret Clarke (1833-97), "highly-respected Northern educationist" was a gifted teacher, a skilled networker and a good administrator and businesswoman.

And the remarkable story of Mrs Annabel Dott (1868-1937), builder and philanthropist, who began her life as an architect and builder at Goathland in the North York Moors begins with 

Some intriguing stories



A tenuous link to the North East, but a riveting story:
Lady Falkland's connection to the scandalous Josie Mansfield is about a relation of the wife of Mary Reade of New York, the wife of Byron Plantagenet Cary 12th Viscount Falkland.  He was the last of the Falkland family to own Skutterskelfe Hall, now called Rudby Hall.  The People behind the Plaques tells their story.  Mary's brother married a woman who had been at the centre of a notorious New York murder.


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