Archive for March, 2011

Portencross Wander

Posted in Ayrshire with tags , on March 31, 2011 by ayrshiretiger

Just a quick post about a wander we had at the weekend to Portencross, a hidden corner of North Ayrshire.

Portencross Castle has now been fully restored but unfortunately I didn’t take any photos! It wasn’t open but I’m sure we’ll be back in the summer for a proper look round.

We had a good scramble around the rocks and got great views across to Little Cumbrae.

Craig enjoying the view to Little Cumbrae

Craig enjoying the view to Little Cumbrae

Craig enjoying the rocks!

Craig enjoying the rocks!

We then followed the good path north towards Hunterston Power Station. Further on we deviated from the path to have a wander through a lovely wood which had lots of wild garlic – much to Craig’s amusement we persuaded him to eat some! There were also plenty of opportunities for tree climbing…

Craig in his natural habitat!

Craig in his natural habitat!

It's hard work climbing trees!

It's hard work climbing trees!

Above the wood is an interesting rock formation known as the Three Sisters above which we kept seeing a Buzzard being hounded by the local seagulls! Unfortunately it was too far away to get a decent photo.

The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters

We must have spent about four hours wandering covering all of two miles, but I think that shows just how interesting this wee corner of Ayrshire is. We will definitely be back now the nights are getting lighter!

Still searching…

Posted in Family History, Holderness, Hornsea with tags , , , on March 13, 2011 by ayrshiretiger

Last weekend we headed down to the East Riding to visit family and had a very enjoyable time. We’d travelled down on Thursday evening which turned out be a good idea as it allowed us to have a bit of a lie in on Friday morning!

We headed through to Hull on Friday to visit my Dad and on the way back we made a detour via Spurn Head, somewhere I’d never actually been to despite living in Holderness until I was 19. We didn’t really have enough time to fully explore it as we had arranged to go for a bar meal that night with my brother Andrew, his wife Janet and my nephew Jamie and his partner Graeme. However we will return in the summer to have a good look around. It was also interesting to drive back to Hornsea past the industrial landscape around Easington Gas Terminal which is in complete contrast to the rest of rural East Riding as depicted in the recent adaptation of “South Riding” although not all was filmed in Holderness!

On Saturday we popped over to see my aunt Mary in Foston-on-the-Wolds to let her know how my Dad was and also to pick her brains on the family history front. It was a really useful chat as I discovered a few things about my grandparents that I didn’t know about. I knew my grandfather had not been brought up by his own parents but it was useful to find out that the people who did bring him up were called Mr and Mrs Williamson and that they also had at last one daughter.

I knew he was born in Leicester in 1905 and a search of GenesReunited led me to a 1911 Census record showing a Thomas Morley aged 5 living in a family of 7 children aged between 7 months and 15 years. Whether this is my grandfather I’m not yet sure as if it is it would suggest that something happened subsequently that led to him being put in a children’s home for some reason. Anyway I’ve contacted Barnardo’s Family History Service just on the off chance that they have a record of a Thomas Morley being looked after by them in the early twentieth century. I’ve also contacted Leicester Council to get a copy of his birth certificate which will hopefully confirm whether or not he is in fact the same Thomas Morley as the one in the Census record. Only down side if it is is the fact that his parents were from Leicester and London which rather screws up my Yorkshire bloodline!

I also discovered that my grandmother had two sisters one of whom was born in 1913 and died in 1930 aged just 17. Again not much information, just a photo a a gravestone possibly in York, so will need to do a bit of research on that.

So the search goes on…