Thursday, 4 July 2013

Back at my desk

I'm back at my desk after a four day tour which took in a service in St Paul's Cathedral in London, the July 1st commemoration at Contalmaison of lives lost in WW1, followed by some research on my ancestry at St Quentin near the Somme.

More of the Contalmaison trip in the Edinburgh Reporter.

It seems that my family has some input from French Huguenots who were invited to Edinburgh in the 1720s to kick start a weaving industry.  Of the eight families arriving at Leith in 1729, it seems a granddaughter of one of the families married into the Rose clan.

St Quentin, from whence they came, is in the Picardy region of northern France, and the emigrees were housed in what is now known as Picardy Place at the top of Leith Walk.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very interesting-Picardy Place;silk and weaving.The Hugenouts were great carfts people-we owe them a debt for glass in the UK.
Pty Mulberrys have left,because that was a neat pertinent association in Multrees walk,
Tom Reilly

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