Category Archives: Blackford

  1. Four generations of gamesters

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    September 20, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    Robert Blackford had the greatest reputation in the family as a single-stick player. We now know that earlier generations of …
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  2. The Return of Backswording

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    August 5, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    Well this summer I didn’t manage to get to Swindon to watch backswording in person so I’ll settle for a …
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  3. Harriet’s brother John

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    May 20, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    I have looked at the life of Harriet (Blackford) Hall, and why she might want to leave Swindon. I have …
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  4. William Blackford, Dealer in Pigs

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    May 15, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    One interesting aspect of researching ancestors is that those who didn’t do well often leave more of a paper trail …
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  5. William the Postboy

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    May 14, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    Harriet Blackford had an older brother, William, who was baptised in 1789. William would have been about 13 when their …
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  6. Back to backswording

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    May 13, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    I’m always alert for references to the game of backsword so I was delighted to find this illustration on Victorian …
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  7. Three Williams

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    May 12, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    While Blackford is not a common name, the tendency of families to use a limited set of given names means …
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