Scandals In The Family

Who needs fiction when there are so many true stories of scandal and intrigue? This talk from the National Arhives looks at the misdeeds of the members of one family, through records held in The National Archives and elsewhere; featuring fraud, extortion, adultery, gambling debts and much more. (We apologise for the poor sound quality during the last ten minutes of the recording.)

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Sir Robert Napier or Napper (c1632-1700)

This brief biography is taken from ‘A Catalogue of Notable Middle Templars: With Brief Biographical Notices’ by John Hutchinson and Published by Printed by Butterworth and Co. for the Honourable society of the Middle Temple in 1902

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Peregrine Bingham, Legal Writer (1788-1864)

This brief biography is taken from ‘A Catalogue of Notable Middle Templars: With Brief Biographical Notices’ by John Hutchinson and Published by Printed by Butterworth and Co. for the Honourable society of the Middle Temple in 1902

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Sir John Trenchard, Statesman (1640—1695)

This brief biography is taken from ‘A Catalogue of Notable Middle Templars: With Brief Biographical Notices’ by John Hutchinson and Published by Printed by Butterworth and Co. for the Honourable society of the Middle Temple in 1902

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Ancient Shooting Butts at Evershot

The following letter, concerning a complaint that some men at Evershot had been  subjected to actions for trespass when attempting to practice therie archery, was published in Notes & Queries for Somerset and Dorset, Volume VIII

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The Erle’s of the Middle Temple

A Catalogue of Notable Middle Templars: With Brief Biographical Notices by John Hutchinson. Published by Printed [by Butterworth and Co.] for the Honourable society of the Middle Temple, 1902, gives brief biographical details for three member of this prominent Dorset family.

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The Royal Forest’s of Dorset

in his book ‘The Royal Forests of England’ published by Methuen & Co. 1905, John Charles Cox states that ‘The county of Dorset had three royal forests at the time of the granting of the Forest Charter of Henry III. — Gillingham, Blackmore, and Poorstock’.  This is his description of them.

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How the Society of Genealogists can help you

The Society of Genealogists offers a unique combination of research material, guidance and support for those interested in family history and the lives of earlier generations. The charity’s broad objectives are to “promote, encourage and foster the study, science and knowledge of genealogy”. In this podcast from the National Archives learn how the Society of Genealogists can help you.

East Creech

Clive Hannay draws and Rodney Legg story-tells from the hamlet of East Creech in the shadow of Creech Barrow Hill, Dorset, England

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Divorce Records after 1858

This podcast from the National Archives is an in-depth and light-hearted look into the divorce records and laws, put in context by an introduction to the very antiquated divorce laws pre-1858. Hear about the famous feminist and family planning crusader Marie Stopes’ high-profile divorce. At the other end of the scale, hear the many and various reasons cited for divorce including going out without a bonnet.

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