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Metcalfe Family Histories: True Stories from the Metcalfe Society

By Dave C Metcalfe and Dr Mike Pope

The editors Dave C Metcalfe and Dr Mike Pope are to be congratulated on producing a fascinating book, which complements our History of the Clan Book, in both size and content.

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As you will see, they have skilfully combined various articles written during the last forty years for the Mecca News, our society journal, as well as devoting the early chapters to the society itself: how it was formed and expanded rapidly to be one of the world’s largest One Name Study Family History Societies, a pioneer and highly respected award winning society in the family history world. Since foundation in 1980, over 2,000 persons have joined the Metcalfe Society: the first 100 are named in an appendix at the end of the book.

The main body of the book, written in 16 more chapters, contains selected and expanded articles, nearly all of which the editors followed up with further original research. The book is copiously illustrated with some beautiful photographs of locations referred to in the text. The editors were faced with a monumental task: how to decide which articles to include? Given the expanse of 40 years there were hundreds of stories to review, select and follow up. The stories included in the book – all originally sent in by society members – have been selected across a wide variety of categories, and hence a wide spectrum of appeal to the reader.

You can see from the contents pages the diversity contained within the book, from hosting King Charles I (twice), military stories from the Battles of Agincourt and Waterloo, the Boer Wars and two World Wars, as well as the last private war in England, travel to Australia, road building and railway engineers and workers. Sporting, artistic, religious and inventor Metcalf(e)s are not ignored, nor political administrators. Things named after a Metcalfe such as ships, buildings, a US county and a mathematical law can be found.

This variety should not come as a surprise. The Metcalfes have been diverse, hard-working, brave, entrepreneurial, and adventurous throughout the ages, but of course there have been some black sheep too who get a mention in the book. The above is but a selection of the contents: a rich and  fascinating cornucopia!

We are sure you will enjoy dipping into the stories contained in this book and treasure it for years to come.

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