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May 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
   Bolton FHS Branch Meeting
   10:30a Beginners Talk 19th & 20th century sources
   Visit to Gorton Monestery
   2p Oldham Branch - North Country Folklore - Peter Watson
   2p Anglo-Scots Meeting

May 3rd, 2017 (Wed)
  Bolton FHS Branch Meeting
May 6th, 2017 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  Beginners Talk 19th & 20th century sources

The 19th century saw an explosion in the publication of material which can be of considerable value to family historians. In this session, John Marsden looks specifically at Newspapers, Trade Directories, Poll Books and Rate Books, examines the information they can provide and suggests where they might be located.

These talks are aimed at people new to family history research or those who simply wish to refresh their knowledge. Talks will normally be held in the Performance Space on the ground floor of Manchester Central Library on Saturday mornings from 10.30am until approximately 12.30pm.. The talks are free to Society members but non-members are most welcome to attend for a small charge of £3.00  (refundable for anyone who joins on the day).

Booking is recommended and helps in planning. An online booking facility is available on our web site at www.mlfhs.org.uk  (Click on the ‘Eventbrite’ link) or alternatively telephone us on 0161-234 1060 or e-mail office@mlfhs.org.uk

Participants may attend any or all of these topics as desired. It is expected that we will run these on a regular basis, depending on demand.

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May 8th, 2017 (Mon)
  Visit to Gorton Monestery

There will be a talk about the history of the Monestery from the Friars Arrival in 1861 to present day.

Also a talk by the Monastery Archivist Janet Wallwork for more detail and to book see Eventbrite

May 13th, 2017 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  Oldham Branch - North Country Folklore - Peter Watson

Held in the Education Suite, Gallery Oldham (a short walk from Oldham Central Metrolink Stop)

This talk will look at some of the ‘Folk-Learning’ relating to healing, protection, the supernatural, popular beliefs and superstition.  Peter lectures on social history, medieval history and popular culture and has been giving talks for 40 years. His particular interests are protective, healing and image magic, and the uses of magical artefacts.

May 20th, 2017 (Sat)
2:00 PM
  Anglo-Scots Meeting

This Meeting will be held at Manchester Central Library

The Reivers

Survival, Terror and Politics

in the Borders 1286-1610

Andrew Lowes


The Reivers: Survival, Terror and Politics in the Borders 1296-1610


“If Jesus Christ were amongst them, they would deceive him”

Richard Fenwick 1597

Reiver (n). The old English word for robber or thief. This is a term which would have probably disappeared from our language if it wasn’t for one thing, it has become the generic name for the powerful families who inhabited and terrorised the Anglo-Scottish border region in the Middle Ages. The term rightly implies lawlessness and for their own advantage they engaged in all forms of criminality including livestock rustling, kidnapping for ransom, violent reprisal, extortion and protection racketeering. They gave us the terms “blackmail” and “bereaved”. They subverted the Governments and national policy on both sides. Quarrelling families often perpetuated their differences in murderous feuds.

But skulduggery, theft and killing wasn’t the whole story, they were considered men of honour (albeit to their own code of morality) and good to their word. They protected their kin from not only their rivals but also rampaging English and Scottish armies and raiding forces. They were the writers of some fabulously atmospheric and moving poetry in what is collectively known as the Border Ballads.

The Reivers were a fascinating, highly political, multifaceted group of people struggling to survive under the most difficult circumstances imaginable in the medieval period. So, how had this all come about, why were they allowed to carry on for as long as they did and what was their story?