I have been procrastinating with regard to adding information about my Birtwistle ancestors, partly because there”s already so much out there about them. Not only is there ‘The Birtwistle Family, 1200- 1850 AD’ book by William A Birtwistle, but my cousin Hamish has already added a huge amount of information on his Robert Maclaren, died 1826 & Ralph de Birdtwisell 1160 family tree pages; which includes many of the related families, including: Marwood, Mclachlan, Abney-Hasting/Loudoun, Compton, Pritchard, Kirby, Barnewell/Trimleston, Farrel/Preston/Gormanston, Craig, Wall, Sandys, Tsuan, de Cerrini, Gaselee, Shaw, Finlay, etc.
So there’s been less of a mystery with the Birtwistles, plus there’s also a lot of cousins out there, some of whom think that what I’m doing here is all very non-U. But I thought I’d add this photograph of my maternal grandparents, James Astley Birtwistle (1889-1974) and Mary Muriel Marwood (1893-1988). I have a vague recollection of meeting my gandfather ‘Nebby’ when I was a child, but I’m not sure whether I did or not. He would have been blind by then and separated from my grandmother. I did, however, spend a lot of time with my grandmother ‘Mue’ (pronounced Mew like dew), when I was a child and she came to live with us in London before she died. I’m not sure who the bridesmaid/maid of honour is, but I’m guessing the best man is Nebby’s brother Norman Birtwistle who was a lieutenant in the Hussars, and awarded the Military Cross, and was was subsequently killed in from what I understand was the last cavalry charge during WWI.
Nebby and Mue spent their honeymoon on the SS Norseman (see below), which was owned by William Birtwistle, a distant cousin who a cotton manufacturers in Great Harwood, Blackburn & Preston. Nebby was also in the cotton business, and was managing Director/part owner of The Grange and Great Harwood Mills of Birtwistle & Fielding & Co Ltd. Anyway, I’ll more adding more about the Birtwistle family soon.