A fascination with the history of place-names and their origins

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  1. Hello Ismail: Where are all the history buff’s these days? or are people no longer fascinated by there past, by the way you have been straddling my doorstep between East and West Sussex, Hastings not being that far away. Still so many Norman connections today, style’s of churches place names and corruptions of peoples Surnames Anglicised from Norman names they can be found throughout the two county’s. I had the privilege of studying in the second American Revolutionary war of 1812. in Upper Canada due to the very close connection of our Commandeering Chief at the time, Guernsey Man General Sir Isaac Brock and his Regiment the then 49th of FOOT, not forgetting the 41st of Foot, otherwise I will be in trouble with todays Welsh Regiment that also came under his command! Hero of Upper Canada, now known as Toronto. But it is what I uncovered in Canada from the early settlers Known as the United Empire Loyalist (U.E.L.) Then the original Native Indians-known as First Nations along with the Six Nation’s who with there Leader Chief Tecumseh made an alliance with General Brock to fight along side the British on behalf of King George.111.thrd. Also the Black slavery and the escape route known as the underground railway from America to Upper Canada, help by patchwork quilts as sort of maps in creole, as most whites did not understand creole, hung from windows over fence palings. Not forgetting the Important French Province of Quebec who’s soldiers came under British command as long as all orders were given in French. this is just a tiny insight to the Information I discover, the reading of old documents and so on. I have never done research work before being asked by our Regimental Museum for the
    2012. Bi – Centennial. Bob Scott.

  2. Wow Bob, you have such a fascinating background and sounds like you have a massive experience behind you. It would be great if you wrote these down in a series of articles.
    Your first sentence is something I think about often. History has so many fascinating subjects to discover. Sad that schools in the UK seem to have downgraded this very valuable subject. I guess us enthusiasts will just carry on and hope to at least stimulate some interest in the fascinating subject of human history.

  3. Ismail, Thank you once again for your kind words! I don’t know about a wealth of knowledge? but I certainly have a love of history from where ever it comes from. my two top subject at school were history and geography, both of these combinations took me into the love of Architecture of old building around the world and recognising the craftsmanship of the common man, the creators of so many fine structure. when stationed in Malta walking down a back street, I passed some old corrugated gate slightly open, I peered through to see the type of busses being hand built, the same box style as used in Cyprus, a worker what me looking and invited me in, I could not believe what I was looking at, limited boat building tools that had been used for centuries, Mortise and Tenon joints done to perfection finished with wooden dowels, chamfers with this same axe like tool to trim around the window frames, every one perfect.
    I take it from the Native Indians observational learning, it was years before I realised that is what I had been doing all my life and why I got into trouble at school because my mind was always some where else. Bob.

  4. Another great story Bob. I really think you should write a few articles on your experiences. You are in effect doing that with your comments. I know what you mean by the mind being elsewhere. I’m often wandering into other periods of history which helps me relax. Like you I also enjoyed Geography. No doubt History and Geography are interwoven. Fascinating to say the least. Fortunately my wife also enjoys visiting historic places. We were at Pompeii and Herculaneum 2 weeks ago. I couldn’t get her out of them. Not that I tried,ha ha ha