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  1. Answers to last week's quiz (a bit earlier than usual because in a few minutes i'll be off to get my first vaccination against Covid 19. About time too!!): 1. Trombone 2. Saint Tropez 3. Cheepers 4. Sir Charles Parsons 5. The groove between your nose and top lip 6. Fingerprint 7. Pineapple 8. Mace 9. Chewing gum 10. Racehorses 11. Three Steps to Heaven 12. The Vatican City New quiz tomorrow. It's already prepared just in case I'm feeling any bad effects of the vaccine.
  2. You're welcome, Heather. It filled a few hours of a grey, rainy day for one confined to barracks waiting for the Covid vaccination to come my way. The Trotter's do seem to be an interesting family and I'm posting the entry from Burkes Family Records, compiled in 1897, where you (and anybody else interested in the family) can see the development from Robert, the father of the three Dr Trotter(s). It's Robert who is the subject of the main entry and as spouse names and children's names are entered there are lots of ways forward for research. Burkes records the geneology o
  3. Hi again, Heather, I had a look at various documents to see if I could find any son named John for Dr James Trotter. He does not appear to have had a son of this name from either of his marriages. Both wives were called Jane which complicated the matter. I believe John is a brother. John Erskine Mar Trotter, to give him his full title, appears as the five year younger brother of James Trotter, then aged 8, in the Scottish census of 1851. He is the youngest in the family. In 1861, when John EM. Is 11 yo, James has started studying medicine but is still living at home with his pa
  4. Time to give the grey matter an outing once again: 1. Of which instrument was the sackbut a forerunner? 2. Which Riviera fishing village was an independent republic from the 15th to the 17th century? 3. What are young grouse or partridge called? 4. Who invented the steam turbine in 1884? 5. What is your philtrum? 6. Arch, whorl and loops are all part of what? 7. Which fruit was discovered by Christopher Columbus in Guadeloupe in 1493? 8. Which spice is made from the outer covering of the nu
  5. That explains it! I thought it was a bit odd having ab Easter egg on display all year.
  6. If you are interested in the changing face of Mental Health Care, Heather, have a look at the topic ‘John Stoker Letter’ posted in History Hollow by John H Williams in December last year. The topic concerns the dog breed Bedlington Terrier but a few posts in it goes off at a tangent related to the development of mental health diagnosis and treatment. This came about because the son of a Bedlington Vicar was 'committed' to the 'madhouse' taking with him a dog of this breed.
  7. It must have some relevance for the area if it's nothing to do with just Easter. Any idea what?
  8. Alan suggested that Dr James Trotter had a brother who lived in the Guidepost area. I hadn't heard that but I do know there were several doctors in the family. A short while ago I posted that I'd found, in the 1911 census, one of my relatives working for Dr Robert Samuel Trotter at Brewery house, Front Street Bedlington. I have to report that this wasn't THE Dr Trotter, as later resarch has shown. Dr Trotter of 'monument' fame died in 1899. However, both he(on the 1891 census) and Robert Samuel Trotter (on the 1911 census) lived at the same adress. I'm assuming therefore that the latter i
  9. Now, I'm not one for taking credit where credit isn't due BUT did you notice how Andy had fixed it within a few minutes of my advice/suggestion?
  10. Have you tried twiddling the hoojackapivvy on the whotsit? Failing that a good old slap to the thingamyjig might do the trick! No need to thank me lads.
  11. Definitely not, Heather! We love any historical challenge! Welcome to the forum. I've had a look at the names but there's nothing that rings any bells except Trotter and that's because of Bedlington's connection with Dr. Trotter. It's an interesting, if gruesome, bit of history though and nothing I've ever heard about. Thanks for sharing it.
  12. Answers to last wek's quiz: 1. Boer war 2. Wuthering Heights 3. John Cannon 4. Goldie 5. 15 6. Patella 7. Silicon 8. Zephyr 9. Poliomyelitis 10. Barbara Streisand 11. Yearling 12. Telephone (dog and bone – usually shortened to ‘dog’) New quiz tomorrow!
  13. I'm a bit late in asking but is it a permanent feature, all year round, or do they just bring it out at Easter? If it's all year round do you know why?
  14. It's Friday night, it's quiz night! 1. Which war was fought between 1899 and 1902? 2. In which house did Catherine Earnshaw live? 3. Who owned the High Chaparral ranch? 4. In 1965 an eagle escaped from the aviary at London Zoo. What was its name? 5. How many players did England use in the 1966 Football World Cup Finals? 6. Which bone can be found between the femur and the tibia? 7. What is the principal chemical element found in sand? 8. Which model of car, produced by Ford in the 1960s, wa
  15. Nice to see the park area being put to good use! It's a lovely area and a natural theatre. Well done
  16. Answers to last week's quiz: 1. A traditionally decorated Ukrainian Easter egg 2. A bilby 3. Dairy products 4. Peter Carl Fabergé 5. The pagan goddess Eostre 6. Rebirth 7. Burials 8. Germany 9. Rutherford B. Hayes 10. To set a fixed date for Easter 11. No 12. 30 days 13. 2,589 kg (5 lb 11.36 oz) ostrich egg laid in Borlänge, Sweden 17 May 2008. 14. Pancake Day. Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday are also acceptable 15. Chile 16. April 16 17. Maundy
  17. Confused, Vic? What I'm trying to say is that "sack" has never meant wine. In more modern day parlance, wine is a noun and sack is the adjective that describes the wine as being dry. The modern day name would therefore be HONEY DRY FARM. This just doesn't sound right for a farm name. Mind you, neither does Honey Sack Farm. I'm hoping John can let us see the original of those three handwritten words.
  18. Here it is - the Easter special with lots of easter related questions, a few extra and a special bonus question. Happy Easter to everyone: 1. What is pysanka? 2. What do Australians use to symbolize Easter instead of a rabbit? 3. According to tradition, Hot Cross Buns are made without which ingredient? 4. Who was the jeweler famous for making ornate Easter eggs for the Russian royal family? 5. From what does Easter get its name? 6. What is the Easter egg supposed to symbolize? 7. In 1592 a British monar
  19. I think mine was too! However, i did get to taste a Thorntons egg ( a very small piece of) a couple of times in my childhood. My sister worked for Berthe Burns in her 'Tea Rooms in Morpeth and Bertha was very generous at Xmas and Easter when her employees recieved a small box of chocolates (Xmas) or a chocolate egg (Easter) - always from Thorntons.
  20. Sounds lovely! ... and that’s an interesting theory, James. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we’ve had such an establishment in Bedlington! Unfortunately, I think there are a few holes in the theory. The Old English (OE) period in the development of the English language was 700 – 1100 AD. That’s more or less the period from the arrival to Britain of the Vikings through to the arrival of William the Conqueror and long before 1739. According to the Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology (ODEE) there was already during that time a word for wine in the English language – win (pronounced ‘wee
  21. Answers to last wek's quiz: 1. Domesday book 2. Cambria 3. Otter 4. He required an emergency appendectomy 5. George Bush 6. Paradine 7. Glue 8. King Hussein of Jordan 9. Egg 10. Gottlieb Daimler 11. Richard Adams 12. Dennis the Menace The quiz tomorrow will be an Easter Special! Anyone remember this one from 1950?
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