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Too Many Gunnings, part 3

Too Many Gunnings, part 3 – read part 2 here Gunning Bedford’s and Mary Hutcheson’s mutual ancestor – the father of Thomas junior, Aman, and John Bedford, Elizabeth (Bedford) Hutcheson, et. al., – “Thomas Bedford[,] the sonne of Aman Bedford clarke & parson of Heyforde / & Barbara his wife[,] was baptised the xj daye of… Read more »

Too Many Gunnings, part 2

Too Many Gunnings, part 2 – read part 1 here According to the Parish Register of York St Crux, Gunning Bedford’s father “Willm, the sonne of Thomas Bedford,” was christened “the ixth of November” 1653. His marriage to first wife Jane, whose maiden name may have inspired the given name with which their eldest known… Read more »

Puritan Lockdown

On this day … “23 CAR. I.  … Die Sabbati, 16 Octobris, 1647.  … Suppressing Stage Plays, &c. For the better Suppression of Stage-plays, Interludes, and Common Players; It is this Day Ordered, by the [blank space] and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Mayor, Justices of the Peace, and Sheriffs of the Cities… Read more »

The Longest Day

When I think of Midsummer, images of bonfires and solstice celebrations spring to mind, followed by the symbolic Mediæval custom of paying a red rose “in the time of roses” on Quarter Day, but today I am remembering a less uplifting event, following on from cannon-fire and the red of blood – the Surrender of the… Read more »