ancestral lands

The importance of place and what we make that mean also reveals itself through the ancestral search. I have been blessed to uncover so many amazing villages, towns, communities, rivers, mountains and valleys – the land that my ancestors have been born, lived, married within, moved from, moved to and died at. This collection of place is a beautiful kaleidoscope.

Travelling to place where your ancestors lived is a huge opportunity to tap into their experience and connect with them in a deeper way, one transcending time. My ancestral journey to Scotland, an initial mini-pilgrimage enabled me to connect with my ancestral roots in a way I never could have whilst sitting at home on my computer looking at photos of these places. Being there, feeling the air, walking the land, soaking up the atmosphere, seeing, touching it is an unravelling and connection that words cannot truly describe.

With the current restrictions on travel imposed due to the global health pandemic, I have been feeling a tad constrained and frustrated. For now my search of ‘place’ I am limited to ancestral records, images and the history books.

The River Teith, Doune Castle, Stirling, Scotland 2019… ancestral land