Ragland Family History

Collecting & Sharing Ragland Family History

Time

In the relentless busyness of modern life, we have lost the rhythm between work and rest,” writes Wayne Muller in Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest. Millennia ago, the tradition of Sabbath created an oasis of sacred time within a life of unceasing labor. This consecrated time, Muller affirms, is available to all of us,…

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Did King Arthur Live at Raglan Castle?

King Arthur (in Welsh: Brenin Arthur) was a legendary British leader who, according to medieval histories and romances, led the defense of Britain against Saxon invaders in the late 5th and early 6th centuries. The details of Arthur’s story are mainly composed of Welsh and English folklore and literary invention. The sparse historical background of Arthur is gleaned from various…

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Tartans & Kilts

A kilt ( in Scottish Gaelic: fèileadh [ˈfeːləɣ]; and in Irish: féileadh) is a type of knee-length men’s dress skirt with pleats at the back, originating in the traditional dress of Gaelic men and boys in the Scottish Highlands. It is first recorded in the 16th century as the great kilt, a full-length garment whose upper half could be worn as a cloak. The small kilt or modern kilt emerged…

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The Beginning of the Ragland Tree

For Raglands and those researching the roots of the Ragland clan, the farthest back I’ve heard of is to Adam of Usk. So who the heck is he? Adam of Usk was a Welsh priest, a canonist, late medieval historian, and chronicler. His writings were hostile towards King Richard II of England. Adam lived c. 1352–1430 and was…

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Ragland Castle & Tea

If you’re thinking—or hoping—the Ragland Castle is now open for high tea, I’m sorry to say that isn’t the case. However, you can have tea in a china cup featuring the Ragland Castle. About the Ragland Castle China The Ragland Castle was one of many castles in a china pattern made by the Johnson Brothers.…

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A Confederate Soldier

By Sam Cook A Ragland descendant My name is Sam Cook. Based on the research and writings of my cousin, Charles J. Ragland, Jr., He wrote The Raglands: The History of a British-American Family, Volumes One & Two. The following piece comes from information found in Volume 1. The books were published in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in…

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Lovebirds Post Script

My mother passed away the day before what would have been their 66th wedding anniversary. Seems to me that theirs is a lovebird story. Celebrating Their Lives A Final Memory I miss them, Debora BuerkDaughter

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Lovebirds

love·bird [ˈləvˌbərd] noun.1. a very small African and Madagascan parrot with mainly green plumage and typically a red or black face, noted for the affectionate behavior of mated birds. 2. informal (lovebirds)  an openly affectionate couple.Oxford Dictionary Lovebirds You’re probably wondering why I would bring up the subject of Lovebirds outside of Valentine’s Day. Well, let…

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What’s In a Name

THEN 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.…

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