Golden wedding, July 2003

On Sunday 27 July we celebrated our Golden Wedding with a dinner at Carsington Visitor Centre – by the lake, between Ashbourne and Wirksworth in Derbyshire. Almost fifty people came, including all our children and grandchildren, and many friends. It was a wonderful and memorable occasion, and we stayed in Carsington for the whole of the following week, ending with an evening at the Mikado, in the Opera House at Buxton! Click here for some photos. We asked everyone at the dinner to contribute to an ox and cart for Africa, and they achieved it, so somewhere in Mozambique, probably in the province of Nampula, there is a useful memorial to our Golden Wedding. This is where some of the country’s poorest people live. World Vision have a programme at Murima, where there is a farming community, about 300 kilometres from the city of Nampula. You can find out more about the situation in Mozambique on the World Vision website at Thank-you, everyone.

Website Updates

  • I have done some general tidying-up on the Edward Holroyd Pearce and Welcher pages, deleted the information about how to get to Carsington Water etc, and put up some photos of the Golden Wedding – see below.
  • Simon’s page really can be accessed from his name in the chart below now!
  • The Dant Family website no longer exists, so I have deleted the link.
  • In his book “Sketch of the Military Services of Lieutenant-General Skinner and his Sons”, which he dedicated to his mother Ann Maclean, Allan Maclean Skinner wrote, “Born December 12th 1773, at Ardgour House, Argyleshire, …………. your father residing there, as guardian of the person and estates of his hereditary chieftain, and near kinsman, (the late Colonel Alexander Maclean, 13th of Ardgour, then an infant,) under the expressive local title of Factor Mohr, or the great manager, you…………..”. I had wondered what exactly was the relationship of Ann Maclean’s family to the Macleans of Ardgour, and have found, thanks to an American researcher of the Macleans who found this web site, that Ann and her siblings were the great-grandchildren, through their mother, of Allan Maclean of Ardgour, and his wife Ann Cameron, daughter of Sir Ewen Cameron. So Ann was a second cousin of baby Alexander, her mother Florance being a first cousin of his father Hugh Maclean of Ardgour.

Website Updates

  • I have added a page on Jack Pearce, my mother’s youngest brother, thirteen years her junior, now aged 90. Go to Pearce and click on his name – or just click here.
  • Simon’s page can be accessed from his name below. Should I make links from any other names on the chart below?
  • News and chat is now given in the Forum (password protected)..
  • More stories have been added to the stories page, for 1100, 1616, 1649, 1810, 1944, 1982 and 1989. More to come! Click on the ‘Ancestors, stories’ link on the right, then click anywhere on the precis of the story.
  • All the info about the Golden Wedding can be accessed here.
  • I have added information to the Welcher page (link on the right) about Winifred Welcher’s mother, who was born Anna Elizabeth Dant, and the Dant family.

Family Chart

Alan & Elizabeth, in Devon and London

(1) Sue; & Malcolm, in Yorkshire & Suffolk (2) Johnny (3) Mike; & Melissa, in Nottinghamshire (4) Meriel; & Simon, in Somerset


Mark (Son of Carol, in London) Simon Colin
Anthony Orion (Son of Carol, in New York) Helen Paul
Tai (Son of Carol, in California) Matthew

Website Updates

  • I have added a page on Edward Holroyd Pearce, my mother’s brother, 18 months younger than her, who died in 1990, over five years before she did. He was the best known figure in his generation in my close family. Go to Pearce (use the button on the left) and click on Edward Holroyd Pearce – or just click here.
  • I have added this page of News, rather slim now, but it will hopefully feature Jenny Blackwell soon, and anyone else who is prepared to say what they have been doing.
  • The first stories have been added to the Ancestors, stories page. I will go on adding them, probably in a roughly chronological order. Click on the button on the left, then select the story and click on the year.
  • I have added the Golden Wedding invitation details. See below.
  • Various minor errors have been corrected and probably new ones introduced, so please let me know!!

If you think I’m crazy putting in all this stuff about clicking on buttons, just remember that some people are not as web-familiar as you are!