Chivalrye

“He loved chivalrye, Trouthe and honour, freedom and curteisye.” — Geoffrey Chaucer (c1343-1400), Canterbury Tales

Roll of Arms

A family roll of arms. Beaumont, of Whitley Beaumont, co. Yorks. Gules a lion rampant Argent langued and armed Azure within an orle of nine crescents of the second. Crest: A bull’s head erased, quarterly Argent and Gules. Motto: Fide sed cui vide (Trust, but mind whom you trust). Notes: Perhaps related to Beamont of Crosland. The … Read more

Fyrsten

Per Hemmingson (c1746-?) was a crofter at Högsby in Småland, Sweden. He married Stina Danielsdotter (c1753-aft 1803). Daniel Persson Fyrstén (1791-1837) was a master smith at Gärdserum. Daniel adopted the surname Fyrstén (”fire stone”). He married Christina “Stina” Nilsdotter (1786-1849), daughter of Nils Persson and Maja Persdotter. Their sons and grandsons carried on the family … Read more

Robertson

“Virtutis Gloria Merces” William Robertson of Kindace, Gentleman (c1620-1709) came from Scotland to Williamsburg, Virginia before 1705, when he was named as one of the directors of the settlement. He was descended from the Robertsons of Struan, chiefs of the Robertsons (called Clan Donnachaidh, or “Children of Duncan”). One branch of William Roberston’s descendants migrated west … Read more

Occult Lore

In the symbolism of alchemy a swan was the emblem of mercury, being of the same color. It was thought to express the union of opposites (fire and water), and therefore an archetype of hermaphroditism. The Kabbalah associates swans with the Hebrew letter ר (resh), the 20th letter of Hebrew alphabet. Resh has a numerical … Read more

Haplogroup R

Haplogroup R1a This lineage is believed to have originated in the Eurasian steppes north of the Black and Caspian Seas, perhaps in a population of the Kurgan culture. The Kurgans were known for the domestication of the horse (approximately 3000 BCE). They are believed to have been the first speakers of an Indo-European language. This … Read more

Famous Studies

There have been many studies using yDNA analysis to answer historical questions. Here are a three of the most famous. Sykes Study Dr. Bryan Sykes, a geneticist at Oxford University tested men all over England who have the surname Sykes and variants. Genealogists had theorized that the surname Sykes was used by dozens of unrelated … Read more

Chivalry

Holy Grail Order of St. John Company of Saint John Order of St. Lazarus Where are the ensigns and the shieldsOf Agincourt and Cressy fields?Where are the lioncels of Bohun,Proud Percy’s silver demi-lune,The ruddy chevronels of Clare,The pile of Chandos, and the vaireOf Ferrers? Faded long agoTheir colours, in the after-glowOf chivalry, when blood-red setThe … Read more

The only sonnet I know by heart

Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth,Foul’d by these rebel powers that thee array,Why dost thou pine within and suffer dearth,Painting thy outward walls so costly gay? Why so large cost, having so short a lease,Dost thou upon thy fading mansion spend?Shall worms, inheritors of this excess,Eat up thy charge? Is this thy body’s … Read more

Slavic Lore

In a Sclavonian legend, a youth was reposing in a forest. The wind sighed through the trees, filling him with a tender melancholy which could find no expression in words. Presently there fluttered through the branches a snowy swan, which alighted on his breast. The youth clasped the beautiful bird to his heart, and resisted … Read more