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Doctorate from the University of Exeter, UK
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seventeenth century social history, Bible Christians in south-west England, family history
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About Me

I am a specialist in seventeenth century social history. Working as an historical interpreter, I spend time living in the seventeenth century as my alter ego, Mistress Agnes. My book, Coffers, Clysters, Comfrey and Coifs: the lives of our seventeenth century ancestors, describes the social history of the period. I am the manager of Swords and Spindles, a company providing living history presentations.

My doctoral research focused on migration patterns in nineteenth century North Devon. This also involved a study of the Bible Christian church (an offshoot of Methodism) and the links between religious faith and emigration.

I am also an internationally known family historian/genealogist, with anin-depth knowledge of English research.


Recent Publications

Coffers, Clysters, Comfrey and Coifs: the lives of our seventeenth century ancestors Family History Partnership 2012

The Family Historian’s Enquire Within 6th edition Family History Partnership 2014 (shortlisted for a Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals award)

Remember Then: women’s memories of 1946-1969 and how to write your own Family History Partnership  2015

Putting your Ancestors in their Place: a guide to one place studies Family History Partnership 2014

Barefoot on the Cobbles: a Devon Tragedy Blue Poppy Publishing 2018 (historical novel)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Migration & Immigration, Women