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Archive for August 2014

On this day 21st August

1770 –  Captain James Cook voyaged west, reaching the south-eastern coast of Australia,  on 19 April 1770 formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.   In doing so his expedition became the first recorded Europeans to have encountered its eastern coastline.

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On this day 20th August

1858 – Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace’s same theory.  The term “Natural Selection” was introduced by Darwin in his influential 1859 book On The Origins Of Species. 

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On this day 19th August

1561 – Aged 18 Mary Queen of Scots returns to Scotland after sending 13 years in France.  Her return was not to be a happy one, we are all familiar with the history surrounding this unfortunate Monarch. She was a pawn in the dangerous and complex political situation in Scotland, and later  implicated in the Babingdon Plot.…

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On this day 18th August 1587 – Virginia Dare

George Washington

On this day 18th August 1587 – Virginia Dare, granddaughter of Governor John White of the colony of Roanoke, becomes the first English child born in the Americas.  We have Lordship Titles connected to the ancestors of George Washington available to buy. Find out more 

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World War 1 Centenary

World War 1 Centenary

It has been a very emotional couple of weeks with the Centenary of World War 1.  Many of you may have taken part in the “Lights-Out ” event on the 4th August.  It was inspired by the words of wartime foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey, who said on the eve of war: “The lamps are…

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