What’s In a Name


My family tree reaches back to a castle in Wales bearing my surname, Ragland, dating back to the 1300s with my 17th great-grandfather. One of the Sir Raglans was injured in the Battle of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War (1853-1856). To accommodate Raglan’s amputated arm, his tailor fashioned a different sleeve style.


I’m researching my family genealogy in memory of my father, who died of Alzheimer’s. I discovered that the castle in Wales is in ruins now.  However, the Raglan sleeve lives on in baseball uniforms and knitting.

Photo: My husband wearing a sweater with Raglan sleeves that I later sent to my father.

Raglan Castle in Wales

Note: My father died on January 26, 2021 on his 90th birthday.

Debora Buerk
Writer, Editor. and
sometimes family historian