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Blackwood – A Personal Link

This year we have very much enjoyed a series of short talks by our own branch members. They have entertained us wonderfully, and given us new slants on the joys of FH research, and this month’s speaker had something very special to show us.

Among her husband’s ancestors she had found two talented amateur artists. The first, living in Scotland, had painted a very well-known picture called Spirit of the Iron Age, which had been proudly displayed in a shop window in Glasgow. Sadly, no trace of it now remains.

His son James became a painter and sign-writer, and was employed by The Anglo-Bavarian Ales and Lager Company in Shepton Mallett.      He also produced many lovely pictures, and we were shown three of his beautiful scenic watercolours which Diana and her husband now own. The colours are still vibrant and fresh, and there is a wealth of the most delicate, intricate detail.

What a delight, to be able to live with  a truly tangible link to such talented forebears.

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