Take My Breath Away

To think, as children, we used to call her Auntie. This morning, the propaganda arm of the UK regime gave a platform to a woman who was angry. Angry that we did nothing when Putin flattened Damascus and other Syrian cities. She wants a no-fly zone over Ukraine and in this topsy-turvy, upside-down clown world, her wish may be granted. But maybe the reincarnation of Churchill will save us all.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy

And here is a bit-part player in America, the recently appointed Deputy Assistant Director of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition in the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy.

Samuel Brinton

The end seems nigh.


1741 Kirkbean · Birth  Mary Anne is an older sister of John Paul JONES, Scottish traitor and American patriot, who memorably visited Filey Bay in 1779.

1755 Filey · Baptism  Thomasin (Tomasyn on the Shared Tree) is a grandaunt of Elizabeth CAMMISH, the love of Robert SNARR’s life. (See Anniversary · Death 17 February.) I don’t have any information about Thomasin but her sister Elizabeth gave birth to Flamborough MAINPRIZEs (and Grace to Filey Cammishes).

1752 Filey · Marriage  Find My Past offers three transcriptions of marriage information from the original register and Bishop’s Transcripts. One has the wedding of Richard and Frances taking place on 1 March 1752; the others on 2 March 1751.

1752 was the first time in England when the year officially began on 1 January. Unofficial folk had long welcomed the New Year in on the first day of January but the medieval PTB insisted that Lady Day on 25 March kicked off the annual activities.

With this in mind, the transcribed dates offered for the marriage of our happy couple are both wrong.

Source: Borthwick Institute for Archives, York

So, if 1751 was the last year to begin in England on Lady Day, Richd. and Frances married on March ye 2d 1752. (The illustration is not a facsimile of the original document. I have removed the baptisms.)

Only one of the modern transcriptions gives the ages of Richard and Frances. Their calculated birth years are 1727 and 1731. The couple’s entry on the Shared Tree has almost nothing to say about them.

The HALL family name in Filey Genealogy & Connections ties with WATSON at Number 18. The 203 instances for each show an “opposite” male/female split. Watson 57.1% males; Hall 52.7% female. I will keep an eye open for any descendants of Richard and Frances.

1809 Filey · Death John probably shared a last meal of mouse and ship’s dog with James ROTHWELL. FG&C indicates he was buried on the day he died, as was James. (Both in unmarked graves.) The burial register shows the order of their interments has been lost in transcription.

Their story is recounted in The History and Antiquities of Scarborough, and the Vicinity By Thomas Hinderwell (Kindle £6.95). See what Thomas looked like here.

1851 Filey · Burial  Isabella’s family on her father’s side were Filey folk but her maternal grandparents hailed from Fylingdales and Robin Hood’s Bay. She did not marry but the Shared Tree presents an extensive pedigree stretching over five centuries. Her grave in St Oswald’s churchyard is unmarked.

Clouds 57 · Filey Bay

Killing Fields

Friday 25 January 1895

Filey: Events of the Week

During the past week there has been very little of importance occurring at Filey. Matters have been jogging on in the usual quiet easy way. On Monday an occurrence of considerable interest to naturalists took place. There were to be seen flying over the noted Brigg hundreds of birds known as the roche or Iceland awk. It is said they are the harbingers of bad Weather, and Wednesday’s gale has proved that to be the case in this instance. Many of the birds flew inland. Mr J. Fountain, Foord’s Hotel, was proceeding along the Scarborough road later in the day, and picked up one of them in an exhausted con­dition. Several knights of the trigger were on the lookout and succeeded in killing several, it is a very rare thing to witness such a sight. The oldest inhabitant does not remember having seen so many of the Iceland awk at one time, and some winters, it happens that not one of these birds are seen. Mr. J Fountain intends having three of them stuffed, to be made use of as an ornament.

The Scarborough Mercury


1799 · John JOHNSON · L268-7DF

John has an extensive pedigree on the FamilySearch Shared Tree and a brief Life Sketch. Quite a few of his and Rebecca’s descendants have photographic portraits attached to their Details pages as Memories. And at the end of his life…


One of ten children born to George and Elizabeth née BRIDEKIRK, John has made little impression on the Shared Tree. Sisters Jane and Isabella married into VAREY and JENKINSON families, thereby producing many Filey descendants for George and Elizabeth. (They have few known forebears.) I don’t know if John made it through childhood.

1865 · William COLLING · MGC1-14W & Betsy JENKINSON

William is a grandson of George COLLING, who was part of the fisher migration south from Eyemouth, and a great-granduncle to Bill “Bullocky” Colling who died in 2015. Betsy is a second great-granddaughter of William the  “first Filey Jenkinson”.

1967 · William Watkinson WILLIS · LYBJ-HGX

William married Edith, daughter of Mortimer “Shaggy” CHAPMAN. In an Open Book memorial in the churchyard, Edith is remembered with her son William who died at the end of 1967, aged 33. Father William is remembered on a flower container, which I could not find this afternoon. His inscription –

Loving memory of my dear husband BILL, from his loving wife EDITH, died Jan 21st.

Here is the Book –

The partly obscured verse reads –

The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the bird for mirth,

One is nearer God’s heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth.

1887 · Eleanor AUTON · MGBY-ZZ6

Eleanor married John HARRISON at St Oswald’s in 1881 and died six years later. Filey Genealogy is uncertain about which John and, for now, she remains single on the Shared Tree. But John, though he lived on for another forty years, is remembered on a headstone with his in-laws.

In loving memory of ELEANOR HARRISON, who died Jan 17 1887, aged 35 years.

And of JOHN HARRISON, husband of the above, who died June 16 1921, aged 75 years

Also, WILLIAM WILLIAMSON AUTON who died May 9 1892, aged 63 years.

And JANE AUTON, his wife, who died April 7 1900, aged 72 years.

Abstract 88 · Glen Gardens Lake