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I have a good basic knowledge of British political history, but my speciality is the Kings and Queens of England and Scotland from 927 AD. Please no social history questions, it's not my strong point and I'm unlikely to answer them.

Experience in the area

No professional experience, but a lifelong interest and access to a variety of sources of information.


"A" level in History.

What do you like about this subject?

History is the most interesting subject anyone can study as simple as that. We are surrounded by it everywhere, it is part of our lives and should be cherished.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

You never stop learning, hopefully the questions I receive will further my knowledge.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

There are two sides to every story. It is possible that any historical event can be viewed in entirely opposing perspectives and yet both viewpoints can have a basis in fact, ie the IRA - freedom fighters or terrorists ?

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2016-10-21 British ancestors who gave birth in India:

Hello Shelley.  The most likely reason would be that the father went out to India either with the Army or as an employee of the East India Company, taking his family with him.   Semapur seems to have been

2016-06-08 Sea Route from London to Bombay:

Hello Sharad.  In most cases yes. Simply because GB had no convenient colonies at which to stop en route to India. Ships would sometimes stop over in Brazil, but that was only if they were blown far off

2016-06-07 Sea Route from London to Bombay:

Hello Sharad.  It all depends on what date your looking at. Amazingly there were no stopovers before 1795 and only one after that date at the Cape Colony until 1814 when GB acquired Mauritius from the

2016-04-24 Bible:

Hello Dave.  I've been asked this question several times. The bible was mass produced in Glasgow and is worth very little, despite its age and design. The best thing to do is take it to an antiquarian

2016-03-10 ocean travel in late 1800's:

Hello Sharon.  Yes, passengers had to disembark immediately upon the ship's docking in port. From the 1840s we had the telegragh which meant that people could announce their arrival by telegram. They would


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