Romany and Traveller Family History Society

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The Society publishes a range of books dealing with the history and family history of Gypsies and other Travellers in Great Britain.

Romany and Traveller Family History Society

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This is an unusual biography: that of a young woman who, despite the strictures of the British class system, rose from a childhood in a farm cottage and a career with Astley’s Circus to earn a place in the British aristocracy.

The Gypsy Countess recounts the life of Catherine Cox, daughter of a Romany Gypsy woman and an agricultural labourer, who in 1855 married George Harry Grey, Earl of Stamford and Warrington, one of England’s richest bachelors. Thus she became chatelaine of two great estates: Dunham Massey in Cheshire and Enville Hall in Staffordshire.

What’s more, Catherine’s life was mirrored by her two sisters, Susan and Mary Cox, who, under her mentorship, also achieved fame as circus ring equestriennes and through high society affairs and marriages.

Catherine and her story were chance discoveries by Anne-Marie Ford, the leading expert in British Gypsy genealogy, during research into the West Country Romany Stanley family, Catherine’s maternal ancestors.

It’s true that Catherine has come to the notice of a few historians before but their sparse accounts have largely focused on scandal and supposition. In this first comprehensive biographical work, thanks to Anne-Marie Ford, readers at last have a fully rounded, life-long portrait of the entrepreneurial and vivacious Miss Cox.

Square A4 format, 144 pages, black-and-white illustrations and family trees.

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Believed to be the first publication of its kind, this is a pioneering study and analysis of works created by artists that portray British Gypsies and Travellers. Contains more than 150 black-and-white illustrations of paintings, drawings and engravings. By Robert Dawson with additional drawings by Amaletta. A4, 170 pages.

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By Janet Keet-Black. This important book covers the history of travelling groups in Britain, their abodes, and ways of earning a living. It also looks at their contribution to war work, and has a very welcome chapter on their role in 21st Century society. Many of the colour photographs have not been published before. Shire Publications, A5, 56 pages.

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By The Romany Rai Cove. "Travellers are, in the main, a happy lot even though their lot is sometimes not very happy". The author recalls his young years on the road, describing how they were able to survive whatever life threw at them. A fascinating glimpse into a way of life now largely disappeared. A5, 24 pages.

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By Pat Loveridge. Found your ancestors on the census but wonder why they were in a particular place when their children were born? Find out if there was a fair or market in the vicinity. Compiled from numerous directories and almanacs, and indexed by place, day, date, proximity to Easter, etc. A5, 132 pages, spiral bound.

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By Keith Chandler. A second anthology of references from local newspapers 1759-1923. A valuable source book for anyone interested in the lifestyle and the biographies of those who travelled through Oxfordshire, Berkshire and neighbouring counties in past times. A4, 96 pages.

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A collection of stories entered into the Romany & Traveller Family History Society tenth anniversary writing competition. A4, 24 pages.

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By John Pateman. Walter Pateman, a Gypsy, enlisted in 1916 and was sent to France. He took part in actions in the Le Transloy ridges and in the Bouchavsnes sector of the front line. He trained for a major attack in March 1917, but was killed during a preparatory raid. The story of Walter’s journey from his birth on Leg of Mutton Common, Kent, to his death near Leg of Mutton Wood, France. A5, 100 pages, perfect bound.

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A collection of members' memories and articles extracted from the Romany and Traveller Family History Society's Hopping Exhibition, which was first shown at the Society's Conference and AGM at the University of Hertfordshire in 2001. A5, 60 pages. Reprinted 2012.

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Transcribed by Alan McGowan. A series of depositions taken at Winchester House of Correction in 1615 and 1616 paints an interesting picture of the travelling community of the Jacobean period. The final deposition concerns Counterfeit Egyptians, i.e. Gypsies, and includes a list of more than a hundred Romany words and phrases with their English equivalents. With the exception of a few fragments printed in 1547, this list is the earliest known record of the Romany language in Great Britain. A5, 32 pages.

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This first RTFHS family album contains more than 100 photographs generously loaned by RTFHS members. Families represented include Cole, Small, James, Orchard, Penfold, Keet, Hope, Cooper, White, Tapsell, Ball, Doe, Saunders, Rawlings. A4, 36 pages. First published 2007.

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