One Gravestone, Two Books and Three Eleanors

I had to go into Scarborough this morning. I got off off the bus at the University and walked into town via the South Bay seafront, past the Star Disk and Spa and up to St Mary’s Churchyard to photograph some stones that were too deep in shadow few weeks ago. While checking the files this evening I decided to see if it would advance our genealogical knowledge of the remembered by linking stone photos to the Monumental Inscription records and FamilySearch Tree.


You are probably familiar by now with the layout of FST. I have added my reference image of the two Eleanors stone to the screenshot (with the MI & page number in the East Yorkshire Family History Society book of St Mary’s transcriptions) and, in yellow, the information that can be added to the limited amount on the World Tree. I’ll look for Mother Eleanor’s family name another day – and try to find Francis. Even with what we have here there seems to be “a story”. The mother, close to the end of her reproductive years when she gave birth to young Eleanor, would presumably not have dreamt that she would outlive this child. I find it sad that she did so by just a couple of months.

The EYFHS transcription runs:-

Head Stone- In memory/of/ELEANOR HARRISON/ who died May ye 2nd 1774/aged 24 years./ Also ELEANOR……….mother/ ??o ye died….July ye 6th 1774 aged 68 years.

(Added information)  BR1774 May  4. Eleanor dau of Francis Harrison. 1774 Jul 8.     Eleanor wife of Francis Harrison.

On the way to my next port of call I couldn’t resist the temptation to stop by at The Works. I left the store £6 poorer but possibly enriched by possession of biographies of two regal forebears. I hope the books will prove beyond reasonable doubt that I can’t possibly be related to Godwinson and Longshanks. I feel more comfortable having sail makers and ag labs for ancestors.


In looking for these chaps on my pedigree just now I found LONGESPEE. You wouldn’t Adam and Eve it, Sir William of that ilk, 3rd Earl of Salisbury (L7JW-FV7) was a son of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Shivers down the spine time, he is the one mentioned in the Mulgrave Old Castle quote I shared with you a few days ago. And if that isn’t enough of a coincidence, one of the adventurous Eleanor’s husbands was Roger BIGOD (LZGY-LZR), Earl of Norfolk. Rings a bell!