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Mary Atcherley, née Rennell: Putting the geographer’s daughter on the map

“DEATHS. […] At Bridgnorth, in her 67th year, Mrs. Atcherley, widow of the Rev. Roger Atcherley, Vicar of Much-Wenlock, and daughter of the late highly distinguished geographer, Major Rennell.” – The Gentleman’s Magazine, April 1842. The “highly distinguished geographer” Major James Rennell (1742–1830; pictured right) was a man of extraordinary talents. He was an expert surveyor and researcher who produced… Read more »

Roger Acheley, Part 2 – Freeman of the Drapers’ Company

Although in official records the subject of this story was almost always named as Roger Acheley, to the Drapers’ Company of the City of London he was usually known as Roger Achilley. It was under this name that Roger’s admission to the freedom of the Drapers’ Company was recorded in 1479. Having gained his freedom, by serving an apprenticeship under… Read more »

Tony Atcherley’s World War Two: D-Day

In memory of Dr Tony Atcherley, who died on 15 July 2017 aged 92. In 2015, Dr Rowland Anthony Atcherley (better known as Tony) recalled his wartime service after receiving an honour from the French Government. The decoration he was awarded, for the part he played in the liberation of France during WW2, was the highest the nation could bestow… Read more »

Roger Acheley, Part 1 – Alderman, Sheriff, and Lord Mayor of London

 The family of Atcherley of Marton has been settled in that neighbourhood at least as far back as the reign of Henry VII. Their ancestor, Sir Roger Atcherley, Knt., who was born at Stanwardine, in the parish if Baschurch, within about a mile from Marton, was elected sheriff of Middlesex and London, 21 Sept. 1504, 20 Henry VII., and was… Read more »

Putting the genes into genealogy – Part 3

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned about DNA testing, it is that patience is required.” I wrote those words two years ago, in June 2015, in the first of this series of articles (see Putting the genes into genealogy – Part 1). In the same article, I described genetic genealogy as “a waiting game”. Well, I may not have been… Read more »

Who Do You Think You Are? Live – 2017

Britain’s annual genealogical jamboree, Who Do You Think You Are? Live, took place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, on April 6, 7 and 8 this year. It was an experience which for me had much in common with the shows of previous years, but also some differences. One of the differences was that I only attended for two days… Read more »