Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Johannis Blythe of 1605.

1605 Will of Johannis Blythe

The following is my transcription of the Last Will and Testament of Johannis Blythe of 1605. By looking at the number of question marks in the texts it’s apparent how difficult transcribing from ‘ye olde Englishe’ is. Any input as to the missing text would be appreciated.   ____________________   The seventh daie of November …

John Blyth, Edward Blyth and Richard Chatterton, Sr.: Examination of their relationship.

Louth Church, Lincolnshire

Since I previously posted about the Blyth and Chatterton families of Lincolnshire, England, I have received a few inquiries about my sources and other information as some have conflicting information.   Blyth / Blythe being such a common surname in Lincolnshire at the time, and the given names in question of John, Mary, etc. also …

The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed. | The Guardian

A print shows African captives being taken on board a slave ship.

The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the present. This year history gate-crashed modern America in the form of a 150-year-old document: a few sheets of paper that compelled Hollywood actor Ben Affleck to issue a public apology and forced the highly regarded US public service broadcaster PBS to launch …

Dig sheds new light on Norwich’s medieval past | Eastern Daily Press

Dig sheds new light on Norwich’s medieval past.

New light is being shone on a hugely significant part of the city’s history, as archaeologists excavate parts of a medieval friary which once rivalled Norwich Cathedral. Human remains, coins, pottery, oyster shells, animal bones and painted glass have all been discovered by archaeologists working at St Anne’s Wharf – once the site of the …

Transcription: The Bec or Beke lineage.

Coat of Arms of the Bec or Beke lineage.

The following is my transcription of the Bec or Beke lineage including the Barons Beke of Eresby, as recorded in “A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire.”   […] BEC OR BEKE — BARONS BEKE OF ERESCY. By Writ of Summons, dated 23 Jun, 1295. LINEAGE Walter Bec, Lord of Eresby, co. Lincoln, m. Agnes, dau. And heiress of Hugh, the son of Pinco, and had issue, I.    Hugh, who d.s.p. In his return from the Holy …

Transcription: London Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812

London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812

The following is my transcription of two pages of the London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials register of 1538-1812. These two pages cover 1607-1609 specifically. ___________________ For assistance with translating the dates, see my post Learning to transcribe from ye olde English and Latin. ___________________ The image links directly to the original document. You can …

Magna Carta at the Canadian Museum of History for its 800th anniversary | Canadian Museum of History

Magna Carta

This summer, Canadians will enjoy a rare opportunity to view one of the most important historical documents in the world. Magna Carta – Law, Liberty and Legacy will be presented at the Canadian Museum of History from June 12 to July 26. This is the exhibition’s first stop on an exclusive six-month Canadian tour marking …