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Subject: Park Life


Author:
Colin
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Date Posted: 11:29:48 07/28/17 Fri

I read with great interest, your article regarding your work in the memorial gardens. I am the secretary of the HMS Dido association, and am very interested to find out about the benches in this park. The only problem I have is, I don't know where this park is. Can you help at all??
Subject: The James Family of Middlesex


Author:
Thomas James
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Date Posted: 18:24:25 03/05/16 Sat

Good Evening

I found a interesting section about the James Family in Middlesex, I am directly descended from 5 generations of the James family that lived in Middlesex from around 1850. My last direct ancestor in middlesex is Joseph James born 1861 Kensington and Died 1901 Edmonton, any further than that is unknown. I wondered if anybody has any knowledge of this branch of the family and if they are indeed originally from Wales.

Thanks!

Tom James
Subject: Descendent


Author:
Julie Hewitt
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Date Posted: 21:53:27 02/23/16 Tue

I am a direct descendent of the original Thomas James, parish clerk. I live in Newcastle upon Tyne and have visited the church at Hebron and seen the window dedicated to the James family. A very interesting site of yours and a pleasure to read
Subject: Clan Representation


Author:
Mark
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Date Posted: 13:41:53 11/15/14 Sat

Hi Matthew - James of Glencarr is simply our family, one of many that hold that great surname of James. There is no official Clan James, certainly not one recognised in Scotland. All of us who share the surname of James belong to that great, worldwide, unofficial Clan of James.
Subject: Clan Representation.


Author:
Matthew James
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Date Posted: 15:15:04 10/22/14 Wed

I would like to know if there is an official way to represent the Clan James? If there is, then how do i go about it? I am very interested in doing this. If there is not an official manner to do this there should be.
Subject: Family Reunion


Author:
Mark
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Date Posted: 12:44:33 03/03/14 Mon

Hi William.

You are more than welcome to have the James of Glencarr tartan woven. It is a special weave tartan, so will be more expensive to produce. The Canadian weavers will possibly be cheaper than those in Scotland. The details for the weave, which you will need to give to the person or company weaving the tartan are below.

Slog: WGB:BRG
Colour Sequence: WGBRWGRB
Thread Count: W6-DG30-B20-R70-W6-DG34-R16-B16

Best wishes
Mark James
Subject: Family Reunion


Author:
William James (Hopeful)
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Date Posted: 06:01:37 03/01/14 Sat

What does it take to have authorization to wear the tartan and be part of the clan? Thanks.
Subject: Family


Author:
Matthew James
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Date Posted: 20:49:53 01/07/14 Tue

Looking for information on family history for John James born 1665 in Pembrokeshire Wales. His parents are Lewis James born 1638 and mother is Sibeles Griffith born 1651. All born inWales thats all i know about them. Any help would be great. Feel free to email me at socharsu@gmail.com
Subject: DNA


Author:
Mark
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Date Posted: 11:18:34 09/08/13 Sun

Hi Laila. It is more than likely we have a shared ancestry as the majority of people in Europe are inter-related to some degree. This goes way back to the re-settlement of Europe after the last Ice Age, and even before. I touch on that very subject on some of the articles on this site.

The modern science of genetics is providing profound information about our past, and at the same time, demolishing so much of the politically correct dogma that has skewed the heritage of the peoples of Europe. This disinformation is now being revealed for the rubbish it actually is.

I am glad that you have found the website interesting. I do try to provide a broad spectrum of articles that may interest others :-)
Subject: DNA


Author:
Laila Lindqvist Forgbert (Happy)
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Date Posted: 22:24:33 08/31/13 Sat

Hi:) I found your site today and it was very interesting:) On my paternal line we have the same haplogroup and also on the maternal line) Perhaps we have the same ancestors way back;)

Best Regards
Laila
Subject: Kilt Badge


Author:
Mark
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Date Posted: 08:04:08 08/21/13 Wed

Hi Matthew. I do not believe there is a kilt badge available for the surname of James. The James surname is generally accepted as being Welsh in origin, and whilst a commercial concern has produced a 'James of Wales' tartan - which in no way officially represents that surname - I have yet to come across a kilt badge for the James surname.

With regard to the kilt itself. Apart from the so-called 'James of Wales' tartan mentioned above, which personally speaking I think looks ugly in the extreme, all the James tartans in existence are special weave. In other words, the cloth has to be specially woven to order to make the kilt with, and thus it is more expensive than a generic tartan.

One commercial concern that I know of with experience of special weave is Houston Traditional Kiltmakers, who can be found here - http://www.kiltmakers.com/
Subject: Kilt Badge and Acc.


Author:
Matthew James
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Date Posted: 19:47:49 08/11/13 Sun

wondering if I can get the link to where I can buy the James Kilt Badge? been looking and I cannot find it. Also, can I get a link to a place that I can buy our kilt from? It would be greatly greatly appreciated.

Sincerely

Matthew B. James
Subject: SMORGASBORD


Author:
Mark
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Date Posted: 16:22:05 04/01/13 Mon

Hi Matthew. I am glad you like our Smorgasbord section on the website. It is a convenient place to post items that may have an interest to visitors. Paganism has deep roots in the British Isles and as such, is a very important part of our history :-)
Subject: Family Traditions


Author:
Matthew James
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Date Posted: 22:49:40 03/31/13 Sun

I noticed that there aew many references to paganism. Awesome. I follow the Ancient Egyptian path. So hello to all my fellow brothers and sisters of the craft. Here is my personal website. Please take a look an sign me guest book, www.mysite.verizon.net/res14i4ww/index.html
Subject: Tartan


Author:
Matthew James
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Date Posted: 20:01:42 03/17/13 Sun

Thank you for the links, I appreciate it, though for me I will have to wait till next tax season! It will happen though.
Subject: Tartan


Author:
Mark
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Date Posted: 10:28:56 03/16/13 Sat

Hi Matthew. There are certainly kiltmakers in Scotland who are able to undertake the making of a kilt in a special weave tartan. The tartan which forms the background to this website is called 'James of Glencarr', which is our personal tartan (and a special weave). I have no objection to anybody with the surname of James having it woven though.

There are other James tartans around and these can be found on the website of the Scottish Tartans Authority, which can be found here - http://www.tartansauthority.com/

One long established kiltmaker in Scotland with experience of special weave is Houston Traditional Kiltmakers, who can be found here - http://www.kiltmakers.com/

Good luck with having your kilt made, nothing looks as smart or dashing as Highland Dress and a good quality kilt will last a lifetime. One thing to note though, special weave is more expensive and a good quality kilt could cost around 500.

At least one of the James tartans may be available as a general weave, and that would be a lot cheaper. However, don't let anybody kid you that the 'James of Wales' tartan is an official Name Tartan for the surname of James.
Subject: Tartan


Author:
Matthew James
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Date Posted: 08:03:02 03/11/13 Mon

Wondering is someone can post a link to where I can buy our Tartan as a kilt? Would be greatly appreciated!!!!!
Subject: Clan James


Author:
Mark
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Date Posted: 17:23:56 03/13/12 Tue

Hi Matthew - Thank you for your comment on the message board. Clan James is just a snappy and easy to remember name for the website. There is no official 'Clan James', regardless of what certain purveyors of a Welsh 'James' tartan might like people to believe. The surname of James is a very interesting one though, and researching your own James family may bring forth all kinds of surprises. We certainly had some whilst researching ours.
Subject: Family


Author:
Matthew James
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Date Posted: 08:59:14 03/12/12 Mon

is there an official way to join the Clan? Please let me know!
Subject: A Carr From EWoodbridge


Author:
Mark
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Date Posted: 15:33:56 09/26/11 Mon

JOHN - Thank you for the kind words. There is a theory, as yet unproven, that all the Carr's in Suffolk had a common ancestor. The earliest cluster we have found is around the port of Lowestoft in the 16th century. It is possible that the surname entered Suffolk via Lowestoft, but as yet, this is still only speculation.
Subject: A Carr from Woodbridge


Author:
John Carr
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Date Posted: 10:29:27 08/13/11 Sat

Thanks for the work you've done on this site Mark.
I was born in Woodbridge and my late father used to mention that the name Carr was a version of the Scottish Kerr.
It's very interesting to follow your trail back.
Subject: WILLIAM


Author:
Mark
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Date Posted: 21:06:14 01/12/11 Wed

WILLIAM - It is very nice to hear that you have enjoyed looking through the website. I will continue to grow the site over time and there will be regular updates. My own heritage spans the four nations that make up the British Isles, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

I am currently researching my James forebears and gathering enough concrete information for articles about them. I have just uploaded an article about my paternal grandfather in the Ancestry section of the site.

Thank you once again for your interest in the website, it is encouraging to know that people do find it useful and hopefully an entertaining read :-)
Subject: Thank You


Author:
William Luke James
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Date Posted: 07:40:16 12/02/10 Thu

I was very interested in what I read on your website. My father's family came to the United States from Wales in the mid 1800's. My mother's side was mainly Irish. We have maintained a strong Celtic identity and are proud of our heritage. Thank you for all the great information on this site. I will be checking back often to read further and learn more.

Respectfully,
SGT William L. James
US Army
Subject: Carrs from Suffolk


Author:
Mark
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Date Posted: 10:24:21 06/19/10 Sat

CHARLOTTE - Thank you for the kind words. Next time I am at the Public Records Office in Ipswich, I will take a look at the Marlesford parish records to see if I can glean any further information for you.

There are a few modern Carr families stuck at around 1750 in respect to documented history. However, the Carrs in Suffolk were not numerous at that point, so it is simply a matter of luck and hard work to find the connections.

It is possible that all the Carrs in Suffolk are inter-related, especially given that the outbreak of the 'Black Death' - The Plague - in 1666 reduced the population of suffolk by at least a third. That fact was noted in the Martlesham parish records.
Subject: Carrs from Suffolk


Author:
Charlotte (Hopeful)
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Date Posted: 13:32:02 05/17/10 Mon

Very informative web page, obviously taken you a long time to compile!!....I am researching the Carrs from Marlesford area, which isn't too far from Gt Bealings. Thomas Carr married Mary Skinner in 1775 in Marlesford. Children: Mary 1776, Maria 1778, Richard 1780,James 1789, Richard 1786. I would LOVE to hear from anyone with any info!
Subject: The Kerrs


Author:
Mark
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Date Posted: 15:35:56 09/12/09 Sat

CHARLIE - It is indeed true that people tend to associate Scotland with the traditions of the Highlands, and we can blame the Victorians and the tartan craze of the 19th century for that situation.

Even the great Border and Lowland families adopted a tartan of their own at that time, and since then there has been a fusion of traditions that has created the image of Scotland most people recognise today. A kind of shortbread tin romanticism epitomised by Mel Gibson's sweeping piece of old hokum, 'Braveheart'.

It would be nice for somebody to make an exciting blockbuster movie about the Borders in the 16th century, for there is certainly enough material to get along with. The rescue of Kinmont Willie from Carlisle Castle being just one of them.

It is very good to see a rise in interest in respect to the people of the Borders. It is also good to see people taking a genuine interest in their own past and heritage generally.

Good Luck with your Borderer's history group in the USA and if you have a website, I would be more than happy to place a link on this site to it.
Subject: The Kerrs


Author:
Charlie
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Date Posted: 14:29:03 09/11/09 Fri

My hat's off to James of Glenncarr for his most accurate info on the border people and the Kerrs in general. Most wont admit their heritage and try very hard to align with the Hielanders. My family, according to the DNA testing, descended from Walter Ker of Roxburgh. He married a young Miss Douglas from Drumlanrig around 1450. His descendant, another Walter, was exiled to the colonies in 1685 but not after having his left eye put out and his left ear cut off for refusing to convert to the Queen's religion. After being convinced he was a lost cause, they allowed him to take 200 of his fellow borderers with him. 70 died at sea due to a virus of some sort.

I am the USA Representative of The Borderers, a living history group in Dumfries, Scotland. There is a link to the web site here on this page under links. My goal is to tell my fellow "Scotch Irish" countrymen that all Scots didn't wear tartan or kilts, did not refer to themselves as clans, and were not as "glamorous" as the Hielanders have been made out to be. I've met with much resistance but I'll stay the course. I'm getting many more requests for info and many are wanting to join my cause. The reivers are making a comeback in a big way!!
Subject: Which Kerr's


Author:
Mark
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Date Posted: 19:28:50 01/24/09 Sat

Ashley - We have also yet to determine which Kerr branch we are descended from, I am hoping that we will eventually find the answer to that question. A bit of genealogical research along your family tree may provide a few pointers for you, if you can go back far enough.

There is also the added complication that not all those who bear the Kerr surname are blood kin, as members of a Lords household tended to adopt the Lords surname. This was also true, to a degree, of Highland clans.

During the time of the Border Reivers, a surname was ones most precious possession and protection. To be stripped of ones surname and declared an 'outlaw' was almost a death sentence in itself. It meant that anybody would be free to kill you with no fear of arrest or reprisal, as one was literally 'outside the law'.
Subject: clan kerr


Author:
ashley john kerr (happy)
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Date Posted: 23:08:56 01/23/09 Fri

hello when i discovered your website i was very happy to hear my families heratige i was just wondering whitch of the two brothers would my family be dissended from?






brillient site

the kerrs from cambridge
Subject: WELCOME


Author:
Mark
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Date Posted: 20:14:59 11/15/08 Sat

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