X marks the spot

Prime Minister from Liverpool to May

I have featured this coin before. These pictures were the first I took with a new lens that acts as a short range telephoto (90 mm) and macro, or close-up. But what was going on when it was minted two centuries ago?

As mentioned in my blog about the year without a summer, 1816, the country was suffering. Wages were in decline, harvests failing, the price of grain rising and with it the cost of daily bread. There remained a surplus of labour following the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. Continue reading “X marks the spot”


E is for …

Edensor, Derbyshire.  Via Geograph.org, copyright Peter Tarleton, reused under creative commons.

From: Reaney, P H, (ed. Wilson, R M), 1997, Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd ed., OUP, Oxford, and/or The Internet Surname Database (ISD), unless otherwise stated.


Earliest in AK: William Eagles, b. 1796, Staffordshire.

Essentially, a nickname for a person of lordly bearing or sharp sight (no mention of aquiline nose). The name is French in origin, possibly from L’Aigle in Orne department, which sits neatly with the Norman Conquest.


Earliest in AK: Daniel Elwell, b. 1744, Woodsetton, Staffordshire.

Nothing in Reaney. ISD, probably from places in Dorset or Devon. From hael-wealla, omen-well.


Earliest in AK: Nathaniel Ensor, b. abt. 1668, possibly Measham, Derbyshire.

From Edensor, Derbyshire.


Earliest in AK: Eleanor Evans, b. 1763, Measham, Derbyshire. Earliest direct ancestor: John Evans, father of William born 1797, Kinnerton, Cheshire.

Son of Evan, Welsh form of John.


Earliest in AK: Elizabeth Everall, d. 1689, Medlicott, Shropshire.

Nothing in Reaney. ISD attributes the name to an Old English female personal name Eoforhild, comprising eofor, wild boar, and hild, battle.