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Aboard a Hulk

A Sea-Faring Family – the PINES of Bristol, Liverpool and Australia

A large part of the fun of family history is making contact with distant relatives that you never knew you had. This is especially so nowadays with the joys of the internet and this...

The Missing: Letters from the War, 1803-1815

A Man of War is a most miserable place,” so says 14 year-old sailor James Harding from St George, in 1810, as if we didn’t know from numerous films and TV. In the later...

George Underhill & son Andrew

The Bristol Mercury of 22nd July 1854 carries the following announcement: “Birth, July 15th at Limekiln Lane, to the wife of Mr George Underhill, varnish maker, a son. This makes the 30th child that Mr Underhill has...

Abel Hibbs, c1761-1852

“The solitary survivor of the wreck of the ‘Royal George’ is now living at St George’s, Gloucestershire. His name is Abel Hibbs aged 91. Until lately he was a hale old man but is...

Bristol versus Napoleon

Below are lists of soldiers and sailors who: Survived and returned from the Peninsula Wars – ‘Some Came Home’ Were lost in battle, including an example of ‘friendly fire’ – ‘On Active Service’ Were...

Sappho & Her Sisters: Steamships and Mariners of the Bristol Channel Ports in the Age of Steam

I wrote the above book, “Sappho & her Sisters” following a chance discovery of the seamen belonging to Bristol Steam Navigation Company’s ship “Sappho” who had the misfortune to be “Bottled Up” in Hamburg...

Bristol and Lubeck

The people of medieval Bristol were so closely linked to a German port in the Baltic Sea that the two populations shared a unique type of worm living in their guts. The bizarre discovery...

Some distressed Bristol Seamen and their dependents, 1758

Jonathon Bisp of Winterbourne, c1754, who appears in my Kingswood Index (elsewhere on this site) was apparently also nown as “Bliss”.  In 1996, Mrs Walsh, a descendant of the Bisp Family, sent me a...

Bristol Men in Nelson’s Navy

Bristol and other local Men at Trafalgar, 1805. Royal Navy (of Bristol unless otherwise stated) John Alden, 20, Landsman, HMS Naiad, 1804 William Alden, 35, AB, HMS Thunderer, 1805 John Allen, 20, Landsman, Bath,...

“We shall remember them” : Brislington and St Anne’s in the Great War 1914-1919

If you attend church on Remembrance Sunday it is quite likely you will hear the names of the local War Dead read aloud by a member of the congregation.  St Luke’s, Brislington is no...