Category Archives: Blackford

  1. Without Hat or Cap

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    April 18, 2016 by auntkatefirmin

    While hats are coming back in style, where I live most folks don’t wear hats much. Still, it wasn’t that …
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  2. Who Was Jane Weight?

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    April 10, 2016 by auntkatefirmin

    From the first, there was a tantalizing theory based largely on name and location – the wife of Robert Blackford, …
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  3. Back to the Blackfords

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    April 3, 2016 by auntkatefirmin

    Now that some theories have been set out about the Skull and Horsell families, I thought I’d turn back to …
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  4. Robert Blackford, noted backsword player

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    February 8, 2016 by auntkatefirmin

    Boxing is an Olympic sport. Fencing is an Olympic sport. Backsword is not; unless you count the Cotswold Olympick games …
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  5. Selling Meat Too Cheap

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    December 7, 2015 by auntkatefirmin

    In August of 1801 an article appeared in the London Times, entitled “Cheap Meat,” under the account of the Surrey …
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  6. After Robert Blackford’s Death

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    December 7, 2015 by auntkatefirmin

    While I gather my thoughts for a post on backsword players and one on other events in the life of …
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  7. Henry Horsell’s daughter, Ann Tidd

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    March 12, 2015 by auntkatefirmin

    UPDATE: It appears that Henry’s daughter was indeed Ann Tidd (not Titt or some other variation). While I have not …
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