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Brougham's of Alston

April 11, 2010
This Easter I have just finished the Coast to Coast cycle ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland.  Essentially we went through or near to some Brougham strongholds of the north.  The second highest point on the trip was Hartside at 1900 feet which was cold and bleak.  Once at the top though you travel down hill for 5 miles - superb,  and you enter the small market town of Alston, which at 1000 feet, is the highest market town in England. We stayed overnight at the Cumberland Inn which had a very good atmosphere, real ales and some very inviting food.

I didn't know it at the time, but just reading Peter Brougham Wyly's research, 'A Gathering of Broughams', I see that there have been a small group of Brougham's at Alston who have yet to be placed into the overall Brougham Family Tree.

The earliest records are Ann, Wife of William Brougham, buried 14 April 1703 and
William Brougham of Foreshall, buried 15 February 1701.

Peter believed it was possible and likely that William was the son of Thomas, brother of Henry of Scales.

Other Brougham's at Alston  include:
Joseph, son of William Brougham, buried 12 Feb 1723
Phoebe, daughter of Thomas Brougham, baptised 7 Sept 1748
Mary, daughter of Thomas Brougham of Alstone, baptised 27 Jan 1751
Nancy, daughter of Thomas Brougham, buried 4 August 1757
Thomas Brougham of Alston, buried 11 Dec 1771
Elizabeth Brougham, of Alston, buried 21 April 1772
Mary Brougham married Thomas Johnston, 11 Dec 1773
Isabel Brougham, married Thomas Featherstonehaugh 15 May 1778
Eleanor Brougham of Alston buried 6 Sept 1784.

If anyone has any links to these people I'd be interested in hearing from you.  I don't believe they are linked to me at all - but it would be good to meet someone who might be related to these people.



James Brougham where are you?

March 28, 2010
My search for the Broughams in the Wetherby and Collingham areas of North Yorkshire has come to a grinding halt with James Brougham Snr.  We know that James Brougham Snr had a son by the name of James, born about 1839 in Collingham, died 1912 in Huddersfield.  He married Jane Midwood (1842-1910) on 16 June 1862 in Huddersfield.  It is this marriage certificate that subsequently identifies the father of James Jnr as being James Brougham.

I can not find any other trace of James Brougham Snr who ...

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Peter Brougham Wyly (1922 - 2010)

March 21, 2010
It is with sadness that I heard of the death of Peter Brougham Wyly in February 2010 - a genealogist who has studied the Brougham family for many years.  Peter dedicated his life to compiling the Brougham Family Trees, many of which are published in the book 'A History of Brougham Hall and High Head Castle' by Mark Thomas available from Brougham Hall.  Peter also had his own unpublished work 'A Gathering of Broughams' which brought together most of his research.

Following a visit to Brougham H...

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