Category Archives: Swindon

  1. George Firmin, part one

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    September 21, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    After posting about all of Aunt Kate’s siblings, it occurs to me that I omitted her grandfather, George Firmin (1820-1869). …
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Where were the Wayts?

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    April 7, 2016 by auntkatefirmin

      Returning to the Blackford family at the time of the death of Robert in 1802 I am proceeding on …
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  6. 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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  7. 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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