Unearthing Family Tree Mysteries
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Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children,
Credit: Wellcome Library Gallery, via Wikimedia Commons.
|The children of King George V and Mary of Teck, 1910|
By Arthur James Hope Downey (1877-1943)
Rain: How much did the weather shape your ancestor’s daily life and character?
Credit: Girl’s Own Paper, Vol VIII, No. 378, March 26, 1887.
A Wheel or Banjo Barometer made between 1825 and 1850 by Barnasconi, Leeds. Early barometers used mercury. Aneroid or fluidless barometers were in invented in 1843.
Credit: Kept in the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Wikimedia Commons.
The Modbury Weather Diaries (1788-1867) were kept first by John Andrews Snr between 1788 and 1822 and then by John Andrews Junior between 1831 and 1868. Weather diarists led less mobile – and less distracted - lives than we do today, a fact which allowed them more easily to take temperature and pressure readings every day (at exactly the same time and in exactly the same place, sometimes twice a day and sometimes more often) and also to record a whole myriad of other weather-related issues such as daily rainfall levels, the varying times of sunrise and sunset, and the ‘ages’ of the moon.
Credit: Image used with the permission of the National Meteorological Library and Archive..Weather Diaries 1825 - 1867
Page from the Cobham Weather Diaries kept by Miss Caroline Molesworth between 1825 and 1867. The diary is organised into ruled columns one of which delightfully records the temperature on the ‘thermometer in the vestibule’, a detail which gives an unexpected insight into the furnishing of a rural domestic interior in the Victorian era.
Credit: Image used with the permission of the National Meteorological Library and Archive.