Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Five days in London.

We are spending the bank holiday weekend in Central London with our daughter Jillian. On Thursday we took the four mile bus journey to Wigan, cost £3.80, to catch the 200 mile Virgin Train journey to Euston, cost £12. I still don't get how that works!
On Friday we borrowed Jill's car to visit a distant cousin of mine in West Sussex. Her great grandfather on her mother's side and my great grandfather on my father's side were first cousins. As it also happens she is the great granddaughter X 2 of Algernon Percy, 1st. Earl of Beverley, whose own father was Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, on her father's side. She is also the great great granddaughter, (on her grandmother's side), of General Thomas Bruce, 11th Earl of Kincardine, also 7th Earl of Elgin, who at the age of 34 removed those architectural artefacts from the Parthenon in Greece, see General Thomas Bruce Info.. You should try researching your own family history - you never know who you might find!
My interesting finds are all detailed on my other website www.brookes-of-manchester.com. Although we have met before, we spent a very interesting morning over coffee looking through old photos of her father in an Eton Society group in 1920, see Eton Public School and the Eton Society, or 'Pop'. We were shown a book, written by her grandfather, Colonel Algernon Durand, as military secretary to The Viceroy of India, 1894-1899, The Making of a Frontier. A photo from 1894, taken in Shimla, India, of her grandmother Elizabeth, (nee Bruce), who is descended directly from the Earls of Kincardine. Her grandfather (my side), who was MP for Mile End in 1916, and her Uncle John, (my side again), the Guardsman Monk, who was Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Malta whilst serving in the Irish Guards in 1921. We even looked at and held personal telegrams from Queen Victoria after a family loss in the late 1800's. As with all committed family history researchers, our meeting ended with a visit to the grave and headstone inscription from 1983, of my cousin's parents in a lovely sunny rural churchyard.
Saturday was spent doing the usual sights of Central London, although this time we made time to visit the likes of the National Gallery.
Today we visited Richmond Upon Thames, which is the location of the images here. The river level seemed to be still quite high.











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