My mother before she married was a school teacher. So she home schooled me until age five. As I entered the first grade I was already able read, write, and solve math problems at a second grade level.

Mom's favorite subject was history. She also told me whom some of our ancestors were and where they came from.

I really got into world history in high school. Twenty years later  I became interested in genealogy and since then have found both disciplines inextricably linked.

From an early age I knew that Kelly ancestors came from Ireland, as my parents and grand parents often talked about it. Grandma hardly stopped talking about it.

I suspected that some ancestors came from places other than Ireland. It was 1998 when Rutledge/Routledge cousins informed me that their original homeland was North England, Cumbria,  three miles south of the Anglo-Scot border where history placed them among the infamous Border Reiver Clans. along with Armstrong and Graham.

Further Research pointed to several places in Europe where history suggests they originated.

History further suggested they came from that vast area between Denmark and France, which included Germany, Austria, Belgium and Netherland, an area now known as Normandy.

See Site Map of Europe 

 

The Normans it turns out were originally Viking raiders from Denmark and Sweden who took their long boats up rivers to raid commerce as far as the ancient city of Paris. 

To make history interesting for children, I took liberal editorial license. Facts upon which the "Fun Histories" were based were gleaned over forty years in time and from hundreds of sources. 


© Fun Histories 1998 - 2018

 

Introduction To The Celts They came from Europe

The Vikings  Masters Of The Seas

Scots-Irish Heritage   Meat The Lawless Border Reivers

The Famous Reiver Curse:

The great Bishop's Cursing in The Scot's Language

The great Bishops Cursing in The English Translation

Short Fun Histories authored by Don Kelly

Copyright  protected 1997 - 2003


On Site Links

Battles Of Scotland

Old Border Maps

Other relevant maps

Reiver Families there were about 77 riding clans.

Exterior Links

Moments in history, from Clara Net: 

Clewer Village website

Clearances Pages

Timeline of events

Coal and Iron Mining

Names Page

Other Links

Pictures of Robert the Bruce

Kings and Queens of Scotland

Genealogy of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland


Page design and content copyright by Don Kelly
World Rights Reserved

 

 


© Fun Histories 1998 - 2003

All rights reserved

Introduction To The Celts They came from Europe

The Vikings  Masters Of The Seas

Scots-Irish Heritage   Meet The Border Reiver Clans

The Famous Reiver Curse:

The great Cursing in The Scot's Language

The great Cursing in The English Translation

Short Fun Histories authored by Don Kelly

Copyright protected 1997 - 2017


On Site Links

Battles Of Scotland

Old Border Maps

Other relevant maps

Reiver Families there were over 100 border clans and about 77 were classified as riding clans.

Exterior Links

Moments in history, from Clara Net: 

Clewer Village website

Clearances Pages

Timeline of events

Coal and Iron Mining

Names Page

Other Links

Genealogy of Robert the Bruce

Pictures of Robert the Bruce

Kings and Queens of Scotland

Genealogy of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland

Pictures of Robert the Bruce

Kings and Queens of Scotland


Page design and content copyright by Don Kelly
World Rights Reserved 1998-2018