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I have been interested in writing, geography and history since I was in high school. Some thirty years ago one of my sisters mailed some group sheets to me to fill out.  After that I was hooked on genealogy.

I couldn't help but know that my Kelly ancestors came from Ireland because my parents and grandparents rarely stopped talking about it. Besides Irish I guess I knew that some ancestor must have come from someplace other than Ireland, and after some research I learned that one gggrandfather Jessie Richardson came from Iceland to Virginia where he moved his parishioners through North Carolina to settle in 1822 in Georgia.

In communicating with my grandparents I learned that grandmother Kelly's father was an Owen and her mother was a Rutledge and both were born in Tennessee.  On the maternal side my grandma married a Pruitt from Texas, but she was from Missouri. Her father was a Beebe from Missouri and her mother was a Williamson from DesMoines County, Iowa. 

In 1995 I got on the internet and started searching to discover out where all of them came from before their grandparents arrived in America. I got a lot of clues, but no proof until three years ago when two cousins contacted me with the news that they had been looking for me. 

There was a period of searching for where the Rutledges came from...we knew they were in Virginia before Tennessee, but what country did they come from? Finally a cousin who was born in Mayo, but lived in London told us that all Rutledges in the world came from near Bewcastle, Scotland and many were removed from the border area by the English to Ulster, Ireland and some to Mayo, Ireland. The fact that gggfather Rutledge founded the town of Tyrone in Missouri suggested that his grandfather might have come from Ulster.

Why they were transported from Scotland to Ireland led to discoveries that Scotland was practically totally occupied by Anglo-Saxon, Norman and Viking peoples. Then for some reason my parents made a big deal of being Celts, then by coincidence I discovered both Irish and Celts in Scotland. Why am I not surprised?

It was history, geography,  and genealogy, archeology and genealogy, all of the things I like to do, needing only research and writing to make some sense of it all. These short Fun histories are the result of that research and interest. Of course, Vikings, Celts and Normans all led me to Europe, and it just happens that they all basically came from the place in Europe. Makes me crazy.   

That information turned me around to look at European history in an effort to learn where they came from to Ireland and Scotland; and the societies they probably originated from. 

That research evolved into several places they came from, including Spain, Denmark and the vast area spanning the area of Germany to France including Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, all shown on the  Map of Europe 

The accumulation of research kept piling up and up into gard copy files with no way to use or make sense of what I found, my instinct to write took over, and these Fun Histories are the result. I hope visitors enjoy reading them half as much as I enjoyed writing them.



Introduction To The Celts They came from Europe

The Vikings  Masters Of The Seas

Scots-Irish Heritage  Meet The Lawless Border Reivers

A Good Reiver Website  Reiver Trails ( hot trods ) and Hideouts.



Genealogy of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland

Pictures of Robert the Bruce

Kings and Queens of Scotland


Fun Histories and other stories were written by Don Kelly

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