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The Gypsy Countess

By Anne-Marie Ford

This is an unusual biography: that of a young woman who, despite the strictures of the British class system, rose from a childhood in a farm cottage and a career with Astley’s Circus to earn a place in the British aristocracy.

The Gypsy Countess recounts the life of Catherine Cox, daughter of a Romany Gypsy woman and an agricultural labourer, who in 1855 married George Harry Grey, Earl of Stamford and Warrington, one of England’s richest bachelors. Thus she became chatelaine of two great estates: Dunham Massey in Cheshire and Enville Hall in Staffordshire.

What’s more, Catherine’s life was mirrored by her two sisters, Susan and Mary Cox, who, under her mentorship, also achieved fame as circus ring equestriennes and through high society affairs and marriages.

Catherine and her story were chance discoveries by Anne-Marie Ford, the leading expert in British Gypsy genealogy, during research into the West Country Romany Stanley family, Catherine’s maternal ancestors.

It’s true that Catherine has come to the notice of a few historians before but their sparse accounts have largely focused on scandal and supposition. In this first comprehensive biographical work, thanks to Anne-Marie Ford, readers at last have a fully rounded, life-long portrait of the entrepreneurial and vivacious Miss Cox.

Square A4 format, 144 pages, black-and-white illustrations and family trees.

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British Gypsy and Traveller History to 1900 Through Art

By Robert Dawson

Believed to be the first publication of its kind, this is a pioneering study of the works created by artists in the 19th century and earlier that portray British Gypsies and Travellers.

The book is lavishly illustrated with black-and-white reproductions of more than 150 paintings,drawingsand engravings. But more than that, it also includes an expert analysis of the subject matter of the artworks – from costumes, wagons and tents to accessories, livestock and occupations – to guide the reader through the history of the travelling people of Britain in a surprisingly visual way. The author is a leading authority on Gypsy and Traveller history and culture and has also been the Honorary President of the RTFHS since its foundation in 1994. A4, 170 pages.

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Price including UK P&P: £18.50. Complete this RTFHS Publications Order Form October 2018 to order by post and pay by Sterling cheque. Or go to the RTFHS bookstall at GENfair to order online and pay by card. The GENfair standard postage price may increase the price shown here by a small amount. Check here for the RTFHS Mail Order Terms & Conditions.

Gypsies of Britain

By Janet Keet-Black

Published by Shire Publications

This concise, easy-to-read introduction to the history of your Romany Gypsy and Scottish Traveller ancestors comes from the pen of Janet Keet-Black, the Honorary Vice President of the RTFHS.

In it, Janet looks at everything with an expert’s eye: from traditional vardos and travelling patterns to occupations, ranging from the early 1500s to the present day, in Scotland, England and Wales. There’s a large chapter on a subject very close to Janet’s heart: the many Gypsies and Travellers who served and gave their lives for Britain in the Armed Services in past wars, and still do. It’s packed with images and photos, many of which have never been published before. A5, 56 pages.

 

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A Calendar of Fairs and Markets Held in the Nineteenth Century

By Pat Loveridge

Found your ancestors on the census but wonder why they were in a particular place when their children were born? Use this guide to find out if there was a fair or market in the vicinity and to plot their possible travelling circuits. Compiled from numerous directories and almanacs, and indexed by place, day and date. A5, spiral bound, 132 pages.

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The Winchester Confessions 1615-1616

Depositions of travellers, Gypsies, fraudsters, and makers of counterfeit documents, including a vocabulary of the Romany language

Transcribed and annotated by the late Alan McGowan

A series of depositions taken at Winchester House of Correction in 1615 and 1616 paints an interesting picture of the travelling community of the Jacobean period. The final deposition concerns Counterfeit Egyptians, i.e. Gypsies, and includes a list of more than a hundred Romany words and phrases with their English equivalents. With the exception of a few fragments printed in 1547, this list is the earliest known record of the Romany language in Great Britain.
A5, 32 pages.

“A fascinating booklet, to be enjoyed by those who like their history straight from the ‘gry’s’ mouth!” Hampshire Archives Trust Newsletter, Spring 1997

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Mi Zee of Kolliko: My Own Memories

By The Romany Rai Cove, edited by the late Mary Horner

Travellers are, in the main, a happy lot even though their lot is sometimes not very happy”. The author recalls his young years on the road, describing how they were able to survive whatever life threw at them. A fascinating glimpse into a way of life now largely disappeared. A5, 24 pages.

 

 

 

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My Favourite Traveller Ancestor

A collection of stories by RTFHS members entered into the Romany and Traveller FHS 10th anniversary writing competition. A4, 24 pages.

 

 

 

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This page last updated: 8 October 2018.