Genetic work traces bat’s origins

It seems that using DNA to trace your ancestors is not only for humans. Genetic work in Dorset has found that the UK’s population of Greater Horseshoe bats originated from West Asia around 40,000-60,000 years ago.

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An Outbreak of Enteric Fever at Nunney, Somerset

The following are the inferences deducible from the observed facts of this outbreak by Dr. Ballard, who has made a report on the subject

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William Johnson Smith M.D.

This obituary for William Johnson Smith M.D. founder of the Weymouth Sanatorium and a founder member of British Gynecological Society was published in May 27, 1885 edition of The British Gynecological Journal.

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Geoffrey Whitaker, gentleman.

Inquisition taken at Marlborough, 4th April, 2 Charles I [1626], before John Foyle, esquire, escheator, after the death of Geoffery Whitaker, gentleman, by the oath of Richard Smith, gentleman, John Spencer, gentleman, George Mortymer, gentleman, Bartholomew Smith, gentleman, Alexander Dismer, Henry Smith, John Noyse, Thomas Smith, John Waterman, Edward Dismore, Thomas Slower, Thomas Eins, Thomas Freeman, Thomas Kinge, and John Lawrence, who say that

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Thomas Ratsey Maskew (1818-1893)

Thomas Ratsey Maskew was born at Keyhaven, Milford, Hampshire, England on September 7, 1818 the third of five sons to Thomas Maskew and Elizabeth Ratsey. Educated at Sherborne, Dorset, he was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge on July 5, 1837 and transferred to Sidney College, Cambridge on May 11, 1840, where he graduated in 1842.

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UK review of access to historical records

The Prime Minister announced on 25 October that he has commissioned a review of when historical records are transferred to The National Archives and largely opened to public access.  For more information see the National Archives Press Release.

Appointment of Thomas Coombs the younger

Whitehall, July 31, 1848.

The Right Honourable Sir Thomas Wilde, Knt. Lord Chief Justice of Her Majesty’s Court of Common Pleas at Westminster, has appointed Thomas Coombs the younger, of Dorchester, in the county of Dorset, Gent. to be one of the Perpetual Commissioners for taking the acknowledgments of deeds to be executed by married women, under the Act passed for the abolition of fines and recoveries and for the substitution of more simple modes of assurance, in and for the county of Dorset.

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Wellow, Somerset, 1891

This description of Wellow, Somerset in 1891 was published in Somersetshire, part of the County Topograpy series edited by E.R. Kelly.

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William Barnes (1800-1886)

The Dorsetshire poet, was born on the 22nd of February 1800, at Rushay, near Pentridge in Dorset, the son of John Barnes and Grace Scott, of the farmer class. He was a delicate child, in direct contrast to a strong race of forebears, and inherited from his mother a refined, retiring disposition and a love for books.

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Witham Friary, Somerset, 1891

This description of Witham Friary, Somerset in 1891 was published in Somersetshire, part of the County Topographies series edited by E.R. Kelly.

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