Captain James meets Eric Knowles

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Today I be at what they do call a family history fair. I hear tell I be in Birmingham and some Braunds did pass this way. I get to meet folk from family history societies, spending time looking at where Braunds be from with the Guild of One Name Studies
Looking at distributions of the braund surname with GOONS
and then meeting Oakey at Devon Family History Society’s stand.
at devon FHS stand
I did sup a cup o’ tay in the Findmypast café
at the Findmypast cafe
and pass by a gurt monument to the fallen of the first world war.
with the british legion monument to the fallen
Then I did contemplate taking a Baltic voyage in the ole Ebenezer.
Contemplating a baltic cruise (1)
My three time great grandson did say he be taking me there soon but on some monstrous vessel ‘e do call a cruise liner.
 This be a mighty big ship (1)
I did pass by the famous antiques’ expert, Mr Eric Knowles, only to be told I be an antique of no particular value!
 meeting Eric Knowles
With thanks to Mr Eric Knowles

Captain James’ adventures continue – December 2014

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Before Christmas I do be off to Aylesbury, where that there Janet be giving a talk. I be what they do call a ‘visual aid’. I did meet Tony and Nicky from branch 1 while I be there.
Aylesbury d be in Bucks they say but b’aint my sort of Bucks.
Then I did go to Bucks to sing some carols on Christmas Eve

Captain James is on his travels again December 2014

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That there 3 times great grandson of mine, Chris Braund. Did take me to the Isle of Wight. We did go by boat but it weren’t my sort o’ boat.
Before I did know it I be whisked off to Blist’s Hill, where I be right at home as they do all be from me own time.
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Then I be in Cambridge because young Lucy be one year old.
 2 Nov 2014 with Capt James 2
Then I did go to Bucks but it weren’t me own Bucks – there be another one! I be what you do call a visual aid for Janet (branch 6). I did meet Tony and Nicki (branch 1) while I be there.

Captain James in Europe – August 2014

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‘ere I be in Avignon

 Cave Monastery Aragon

I did visit a Cave Monastery in Aragon

La Mancha

Then I saw some windmills at La Mancha

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

Le Train Jaune

‘Ere I be travelling on Le Train Jaune. I would much rather be on my boat.



Pont du Gard

Pont Du Gard



San Remo

Then we did visit San Remo. No fishing boats ‘ere.

Spanish Pyrenees

The Spanish Pyrenees

Viaduct de Millau

Viaduct de Millau

Around Europe with Pam and Brian July 2014

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‘ere I be at the Alhambra Palace

 Cabo da Roc

I did visit Cabo da Roc

 Cadiz Fish Market

I did come to Cadiz Fish Market. I wonder if they did use a boat like mine to catch them.


Fighting the French Monsanto

I be using this cannon to fight the French Monsanto

Hiking the Pyrinees

‘ere I be hiking the Pyrenees – hitching a ride

Riding Chamois Picos de Europa

I were riding Chamois Picos de Europa


‘ere I be at Sabugal

Santiago de Compostela

I did come to see Santiago de Compostela


‘ere I be at Tomar

Captain James in Europe with Brian and Pam (Branch 1)

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Before I did leave England I went with Brian and Pam in an ‘orseless carriage near to London. I do seem to be living in this ‘ere ‘orseless carriage too.


I did go on a big boat but they didn’t seem to be catching any fish.


We arrived in Calais.

I went to Etretat and saw the sea – just right for fishing.

Etretat     Painting

Here I be at Lourdes


and at some Roman Ruins at Saintes.



Captain James back in Devon May 2014

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Well I been ‘ome in Deben with all me descendants and others of the Braund clan.
They did take me abroad to Cornwall to visit Tintagel Castle but the Cornish be a mite odd – they do put their jam and cream the wrong way round on their cream teas.
Tintagel 2
Then HRH Princess Anne did visit Clovelly and stop by for a chat. I don’t know why she chose to go to see them there Clovelly donkeys and not me old ‘ome town of Bucks but there.
She be unveiling a monument to me cousin John and others who did perish in the storm of 1838 off these parts.
Now I be whisked away with Pam and Brian (branch 1) who be taking me back across the channel. I hear tell we be goin’ to France, Spain and Portugal. Me son Reuben – he went to Portugal to collect salt one time in the ole Ebenezeer.
   Off with Brian and Pam

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