Smugglers, Feuars and the Millport Plan 1779

I have finally completed putting together a number of loose ends which surround my great,  great, grandfather’s life on Cumbrae.  His memorial located in the Mid Kirkton Cemetery acknowledges that Samuel Ford was a feuar.  But what exactly is a feuar, and what part had it to play in the life of Samuel and the island community on Cumbrae?  I seek to draw these aspects together in Smugglers, Feuars and the Millport Plan 1779.

In order to complete my research, it was necessary to gain access to the original Fue Plan of Miln Port 1779.  Because of the restrictions applying to COVID, I was not able to locate this plan until recently. Ayrshire Archive Centre forwarded me a copy of the plan but in order to do so, I had to sign a document that the image is used for family research purposes and restricted to my ‘extended family’.  As you will see in reading Smugglers, Feuars and the Millport Plan 1779, Millport did not exist until the Feu Plan of 1779.   The Plan created a community and those involved may well be acknowledged as part of an extended family. Regardless of the technicalities, I would urge caution in using the image of the Plan.

 

Cornwall & South Australia Connections: Cornish, Trezise and Hall Families

I found an unidentified family photo in my father’s possession – learn more in the publication.

I have completed the documenting of the family born to Samuel and Margaret Ford on Cumbrae.  This new publication includes the more often missed women who make up family genealogies.  These include the Cornish, Trezise and Hall connections all of whom come from Cornwall in England.

I also include those members of the family who emigrated from Scotland to South Australia.  The page may be found here.

As with previous publications and downloads, the proviso is that the material is used for educational or family history purposes only and that it is not used for any commercial purpose.

 

Generations

I have finalised, as of now, the archival record that connects me with my great, great grandfather, Samuel Ford.  The publication, Generations is now available for download.

This is the second of a series of books which I intend to publish through the internet as open source material.

Again the proviso is that the material is used for educational or family history purposes only and that it is not used for any commercial purpose.

I would also caution those who would like to add the material to one of the popular commercial ancestry websites.  I have not provided the material of my own research to such sites.

A Ship Has Been Sighted: The Story of Samuel Ford

I have decided to publish the material I have collected over the previous fourteen years concerning the Ford/Wright genealogy.

As things turned out the Ford heritage is very much tied to Margaret Wright who married Samuel Ford on Cumbrae sometime in 1815.

The new addition to the site, including an appropriate change of name, is downloadable on the proviso that the material is used for educational or family history purposes only and that it is not used for any commercial purpose.

The Story of Samuel Ford may be found here.

Australia Day or Invasion Day

Australia Day, 26 January, is celebrated in remembrance of the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788.  Today, in Australia, the date is often associated with invasion and is quite often referred to as Invasion Day.  But is this a fair assessment of the events of 1788 or more a reflection of what Australians now see as Australian history?  See article here.