Category Archives: Swindon

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. The envelope, please

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    March 20, 2015 by auntkatefirmin

    A few weeks ago I sent off for a death certificate, fairly confident that it would record the circumstances of …
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  6. 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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  7. Leaving Swindon Revisited

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    February 5, 2015 by auntkatefirmin

    With help again from “cousin” Liz, I return to the story of Harriet Blackford and why she might have left …
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