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Iain MacFarlaine (#46514200)
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I am a North Londoner of Irish Protestant and Anglo-Indian (or, to be more accurate, Hiberno-Caledonian-Anglo-Dutch-Huguenot-Indian) parentage. I was trained as a mathematician but, at the moment, am working only part-time. I have travelled a lot; not only around the British Isles, but also throughout: Europe; Africa; America (North only; I have yet to cross the Rio Grande, never mind the Panama Canal, although I have been to the States quite a few times and once ventured across the Forty-Ninth Parallel for a month, and should like to go back to Canada again, sometime); Asia; and Australia. Unfortunately, most of those voyages were undertaken before the invention of the digital camera, so I can't show you too many of the graves I saw when I was abroad. When I am not travelling or working, or painting or acting, I am learning to play the piano and various woodwind instruments. I try to keep my body fit with cycling and swimming and karate, as well as by never drinking alcohol or coffee, or smoking, or eating flesh, or fowl, or fish, and I try to keep my mind fit with chess and crosswords and reading.

Please note; I am forever running around this world (as Jefferson Airplane once sang), and seldom check the computer when I am on my wanderings; but, if you write to me, I shall make sure that I answer on my return.
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RE: Edwina Elizabeth Hiscox (No. 159918830)
Thanks for checking on this tombstone. Edwina requested in her will that she be buried in Dawlish after a ceremony at the Spiritualist Church in Dawlish. Is there more that one cemetery in Dawlish?
Added by CD on Nov 21, 2016 3:49 PM
Barrington Pellew
Iain: Thank you very much for the transfer!

I will be very interested to see your pictures of any Pellew graves you discover when you travel to Dover. If you need me to create any memorials for Pellew family members I would be happy to do so. Cheers!

Added by Ace on Nov 15, 2016 3:38 PM
RE: Barrington Reynolds Pellew
Hi! Thanks for your note. I find this family interesting not only for their fighting on the British side during the Independence War, but then the fact that another member, Henry Pellew, moved to America and became an American citizen. At the age of 94, in 1922, Henry ended up inheriting his grandfathers title and became the 6th Viscount Exmouth. Although too old to travel back to England to claim a seat in the House of Lords, he died six months later. His son Charles became the 7th Viscount Exmouth.

The inheriting of a title by an American was huge news in the U.S. Since accidentally stumbling upon the story at the beginning of October I have been documenting the family on Find A Grave and updating and creating Wikipedia articles on the family members. My Wikipedia regarding Charles Pellew, 7th Viscount Exmouth, is under review and awaiting publication.

You can see an article I wrote about a truck manufacturer I (re)discovered here.

Best wishes for a safe and fun journey!
Added by Ace on Nov 15, 2016 4:40 AM
Mary Frances
RE: Baha'i in New Southgate
Yes, I'll wait til springtime for more photos if and when you're able to return to New Southgate. Best wishes for a safe journey to you.
Added by Mary Frances on Oct 19, 2016 7:42 AM
Mary Frances
RE: Bahai in New Southgate
Yes, I just saw the photos and changed the spelling of Gholam's names and his birthdate. Thanks again for your work. If you happened to photograph other Baha'i graves there (with the symbol like on Pamela's grave or a 9 pointed star), could you please let me know. Thanks again for your work.
Added by Mary Frances on Oct 19, 2016 6:47 AM
Mary Frances
Pamela Derozhinsky & Gholam Obbadi
Dear Iain,
Thank you for taking the time to photograph the graves of Pamela & Gholam at New Southgate cemetery. I appreciate your effort.
Mary Frances
Added by Mary Frances on Oct 19, 2016 6:41 AM
David Blakely
I notice your memorial to Blakely . I feel it is remarkably constrained considering the vile nature of this 'man' and I agree with your closing sentiment.He wasn't worth it, in fact he wasn't worth the effort taken to conceive him . Find a Grave has made it impossible to leave a tribute to Ruth yet this skunk has the benefit of a biographer. Out of respect for her I feel it would be a nice gesture if you deleted the whole site , tributes included. This man together with the England of his day should be placed in a basket and dropped into the deepest part of the ocean never to be seen or heard of again.You can contact me at imply no criticism of you you understand.
Added by Ticker on Oct 12, 2016 5:26 PM
Patricia Hargreaves
RE: Private Leonard William Darwood
Dear Iain

I visited Lincolnshire just once, in 1983. We did a tour of the churches/churchyards where my ancestors attended and are interred. What an experience that was for me! I was staying in Torquay at the time. When I returned in 1984, stayed in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

I haven't been to Norfolk unfortunately.

I will send an email to your own email address and give you a list. There are also ones I am wanting in South Africa (Grahamstown) and Australia (Victoria & Queensland).

I take it you were not a fan of Thatcher. The woman certainly was politically ruthless.

You must lead such an interesting life.

Kind regards
Added by Patricia Hargreaves on Oct 02, 2016 7:06 PM
Patricia Hargreaves
RE: Private Leonard William Darwood
Dear Iain
I have the spelling of your name right this time - typical me to get it wrong.

Thanks so much for your kind offer. There are photos of graves that I am wanting in the mother country. Do you go anywhere near Norfolk and Lincolnshire? If you do, will get back to you.

I signed a petition, asking Ancestry to give us a choice to either stay with Classic or switch to their new-look. There were thousands of their members who signed it, but they chose to ignore us. They lost many of their subscribers because of it. I cancelled my sub the day they switched me over.

To get started on your family history, Ancestry could be a help re their many world-wide records.
But just remember, you will have no control of your family tree and Ancestry can change it at will. They are not to be trusted.

Well enough of my rantings.

Kind regards
Added by Patricia Hargreaves on Sep 20, 2016 7:58 PM
Aurorae Little♥UE
RE: Mr. Bowie, Senior
G'day Iain: World traveler you sound! Awesome Find A Grave is for connecting people and gathering facts as every little bit does count. States cremation, it's always tough to sometimes find the answers, but I keep digging, amazing what you find, so perhaps one day we can update mother & son of the Bowie clan!
Great work, keep up the adventures and memories, so glad to consider you in this wonderful circle of life to honour our pasts!
Added by Aurorae Little♥UE on Sep 20, 2016 2:23 PM
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