While she has been living at Rydal Hall, Ann Galbraith, author of the book "The Fleming Family of Rydal Hall", has discovered the characters of the people who have lived here, as revealed through the letters and papers in the archives.
The characters are set in their historical context and the personalities are described, using evidence from family letters and contemporary writings.
This book attempts to satisfy the curiosity by providing a continuous Fleming family line since the Norman Conquest, explaining their connection with William Duke of Normandy, how they gained their land in Cumberland, and how they came to Rydal in the 15th century.
The separation of the baronetcy from the estates, and the New Zealand connection with the Rydal Le Flemings is explained, and the account is brought up-to-date with the current generation of heirs to the estates and the title.
"The Fleming Family of Rydal Hall"
by Ann Galbraith; with lay-out by Sir David Le Fleming
88 pages, full colour. Illustrated with photographs, portraits, original documents, family tree and maps
|I||Flemish Ancestry and the Flemings establish themselves in Cumbria|
|II||The Coniston Hall Period|
|III||Rydal Old Hall Period|
|IV||Rydal New Hall|
|V||Sir Daniel Fleming (1633-1701)|
|VI||The First Two Baronets – Sir Michael and Sir George|
|VII||The Division ‘In-Tail’|
|VIII||The New Zealand Branch and the Baronetcy|
|I||Portraits in Rydal Hall|
|II||Heraldry in Rydal Hall|
|III||Wordsworth’s poetry – links with Rydal Hall|
|IV||Sir William Fleming’s inventory, 1736|
|V||Tribute to Thomas Wilson (1829 – 1906)|
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