Writing your Family Story

A Beautiful Piece of Storytelling

A beautiful piece of story telling. The Murder of Maid Marian, is the eighth story in my collected works for Halloween. This is not a terrifying story, it is actually very sad and beautifully told. If you like a bedtime story, this is perfect for you. The tragic element of this tale, is the nature …

Ghost Story – The Restless Spirit of Thomas Baker of Melbury Bubb

In 1694, along, what is now known as murderers lane – Thomas Baker of Melbury Bubb my ancestor twice (maternal and paternal) was murdered by two robbers. Thomas died where he fell. His restless soul still haunts the lane where he died. This story is a Dorset favourite and one of the county’s best known. …

Arsenic

13 Terrifying True Stories For Halloween | Story Three | Arsenic Welcome to the third of our 13 terrifying stories for Halloween, today we are going to take a deep dive into the murder of Mary Hounsell, wife of a cattle-doctor and victim of infatuation and love. This is a true story, and makes up …

Alice Kyteler, The Sorcerer of Kilkenny, Ireland

3rd of November 1324, The rain fell heavy across the medieval town of Kilkenny, Ireland. It was a cold autumn morning with high winds and yet the towns folk gathered in the main square, the noise of talk reverberated along the narrow cobbled muddied streets as they waited in awe for a spectacle that no …

13 Terrifying True Stories for Halloween

Linked below is the first of 13 stories I have written and narrated for Halloween.These are all True Stories, and taken from the dark, dusty , twisted pages of my family history. This first story dates from 1856 and based on a murder that happened in the Coffee House Inn, Chertsey , Surrey, England. Nobody …

Viking Sword

The Viking Sword

With the upcoming release of the novel Stormforge in 2020, A new Viking Saga inspired by the Orkneyinga Sagas. I thought I would share a short post about the The Viking Sword. I have a huge fascination with swords, and the Viking Sword showcased in this post I hold in my own collection. This particular …

Stormforge Saga Book One The Jarl of More

Ragnvald ‘the wise of More’ “Count of Maer” EYSTEINSSON (830 – 894)

Pedigree and descent from Ragnvald the Wise Below is an outlined pedigree of my descent from The Jarl of More, this is one of hundreds of links I have to this famous Viking Jarl who lived 1200 years ago. The period is also important mathematically as scholars believe that all living people today that have …

Writing about your Ancestors

I have been writing about my Ancestors now for a few years, namely by publishing short stories of their lives on my family history blog. Only recently have I decided to bring their lives to print and create their story simply from the fabric of history and the records they appear in. There are lots …