History in Cemeteries – We found W.B. Yeats
December 2007 – when visiting Edinburgh, Scotland, I took a walking tour provided for free from the hostel. The tour guide was a Canadian working abroad. It was interesting that she started the tour at the cemetery. She brought us to Friar Bobby’s grave. She told us the story of the loyalty of his dog, as he waited by his master for days. The guide really brought home the best place to start finding pieces of local history is at a cemetery.
During summer of 2007, I worked at London Offshore Consultants, England, and decided to explore my family ancestry on my father’s side. My aunt had completed much research to pinpoint the town my great-great-great-grandfather, Thomas Mitchelmore came from when he first arrived in Newfoundland & Labrador in the 1800’s. I visited Dartmouth, Devon County, England and I would not be disappointed. I explored three cemeteries, finding tombstones that etched the Mitchelmore last name. The local historian at the museum also provided me with additional information to supplement some of my findings.
Posted on April 2, 2011, in Landscapes/Geography, Vacations and tagged cemetery, Death, Death Care, Drumcliffe, Headstone, Newfoundland & Labrador, Sligo County, William Butler Yeats. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.