|Baptism record for John Young 21 August 1803|
I have one Scottish ancestor on my maternal side in John Young, son of Alexander Young and Anne Brash, who left his birthplace of Kirkcaldy in Fife to move to Loughborough in Leicestershire. John Young was born 16th August 1803 and baptised on 21st August the same year. He married Maria Parkinson of Loughborough on 9th April 1826 at All Saint's Church, Loughborough. Later the whole family were baptised into the Dead Lane Primitive Methodist Church in Loughborough, including my great great grandfather Alexander Young, who moved from Loughborough to Nottingham and then to Ilkeston in Derbyshire. He was a tailor by profession just like his father and grandfather.
I'd assumed that the Norwegian heritage came from Scotland but I'm beginning to wonder now as on my father's side I have ancestors, the Edwards family, who came from the South Derbyshire villages of Ingleby and Foremark which are very close to the small historic town of Repton.
|Pages from an article written by Roly Smith in the January 2019 issue of Archaeology and Conservation in Derbyshire and the Peak District.|
There have recently been reports and a television programme on more recent findings at Repton and it being the site of a great Viking Army overwintering nearby 873 to 874 AD now CE. A mass burial site was found in the vicarage garden which seems to prove this theory first mentioned in the Anglo Saxon Chronicles.
Modern tests on bones found seem to back up this theory dating them to the time mentioned. It seems that the overwintering site was slightly away from the burial site and evidence of metal working as well as other fragments of Viking habitation have been found.
It's not beyond the realms of belief that some of the army could have stayed behind when the main army moved on. Could they have lived and worked alongside the local people and finally settled there? If so is this where my 2% Norwegian heritage comes from? Maybe, but Scotland still seems the more obvious answer as probably the Repton Vikings were Danes rather than Norse.
|Record of the marriage of John Edwards and Ann Lilley both of the parish of Ingleby who married at Foremark church 3rd Novmber 1779.|
I'll never know but it is intriguing and worth musing over on this dark, wet, windy and dismal day.
Below some photos of Repton taken in October 2010 when we visited after looking at the villages mentioned above.
|Arch from the old Priory with Repton School behind|
|St Wystan's Church|
|Repton Cross or Market Cross|