Monday, January 30, 2012

What William Makepeace Thackeray Wrote

From The Richmond family, 1594-1896, and pre-American ancestors, 1040-1594 by Joshua Bailey Richmond:

William Makepeace Thackeray wrote of Colonel John Richmond-Webb (whose name may be found in the Gazetteer of the English Army): "He came of a very ancient Wiltshire family, which he respected above all families in the world; he could prove a lineal descent from King Edward I, and his first ancestor, Roaldus de Richmond, rode by William the Conqueror's side on Hastings Field.  'We were gentlemen,' Colonel Webb used to say, 'when the Churchills were horse-boys.'"

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