Woodcroft, Weardale, County Durham
“A History of the Blacketts” is now available in hardback, priced at £21. It is fully illustrated, referenced and indexed, and includes blank pages at the end of the book where you can record details of your own immediate family history for the benefit of future generations. It is a limited edition of 500 copies, more than 95% of which have already been sold (as at June 2015). No further editions are planned. The book includes an easy-to-read chart showing the links between the Blacketts and King Malcolm III of Scotland and thence on to Macbeth, and to the present Royal Family. As from October 2013 all copies of the book include an Addendum loose leaf page outlining a further link between the Blacketts and HRH Prince George of Cambridge, born 22 July 2013, through his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Carole Middleton.
To buy your copy(ies) please choose one of the following (see Note):
(a) to pay by cheque (UK purchasers only) please print off a copy of the application form, which you will find HERE, and post it to us at the address shown on the form.
(b) to buy online (includes all non-UK purchasers) please click HERE.
All profits from sales of the book will be shared equally between the following two charities:
“A History of the Blacketts” tells the story of the family over seven centuries as they spread out from their ancestral home of Woodcroft in medieval Weardale to other parts of the United Kingdom and around the English-speaking world, some achieving eminence and some notoriety. It includes a Foreword by Sir Hugh Blackett, 12th Bt. and contains a large amount of material not included in this website, plus many new illustrations. Unlike this site, which has been designed on a “menu” basis, the book follows a broadly chronological theme, charting the changing fortunes of different branches of the family within the context of the evolving society in which they lived, and includes many examples of the interesting, and sometimes bizarre, events that affected the lives of a number of Blacketts in different ways. In addition to the illustrations the book also includes simplified genealogical charts showing the broad lines of ancestry and descent of a number of the key early Blacketts. It has been written in what we hope is an easy-to-read style, though without sacrificing scholastic integrity, and we hope you will find it a worthy addition to your book collection. (It would also make a nice present for children and grandchildren or other family members who have Blacketts amongst their ancestors.)
If you are in the UK and wish to pay by cheque please click HERE for the application form. If you prefer to buy online and/or are outside the UK please click HERE. And if you are in the UK and prefer to buy through Amazon.co.uk please click HERE. We cannot, however, fulfill non-UK orders through Amazon. (See Note)
Some copies may also still be available to personal callers at the bookshops of the Weardale Gazette, Stanhope and the Teesdale Mercury, Barnard Castle.
Note. We’re happy to receive payment by any of the above methods, though for UK orders payment by cheque will save us (and therefore our charities) a small amount of commission.
In July 2014 we were able to make our first distribution of £1,000 from profits on sales of A History of the Blacketts equally between the two charities. Images show (left) Martin Blackett and Pat Longbottom with Sylvia Pearl of Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity and (right) Linda Rickford of Astro Brain Tumour Fund with Al Kirtley.