Skyrme family and one-name study website Guild of One Name Studies :: One-Name Study Reg. No. 6232

Family bible extracts.

These are in no particular order. Some dates do not correspond precisely with other records (e.g. birth certificates).

From family panels:

(Note the naval shipyard connections)

George Skyrme b. 12 Dec 1819; m. Eliza ? (b. 7 Aug 1818, d. 4 June 1897). 11 Children:

“George Skyrme (my Great Grandfather) was a Shipwright. He saw that his sons had a skilled Trade. He died on 7th April 1876 age 56. During the Crimea War he was one of the civilian guards patrolling the Dockyard."

How Well Do you Know Your Skyrmes?

During my research I unravelled some mysteries and discovered some interesting facts which have been put into a 10 question quiz.

1. Which Skyrme went north using one Christian name and came back to Wales with another?

Go to the full quiz.

“Francis John known as Frank known as Frank was a good horticulturalist. We had his medallions at Merchants Park where my grandfather lived. He was a Freeman of Pembroke. He died on 27/2/1896 when he was 43. Frank was apprenticed on March 18th 1869 when he was 16 years of age. He went to work in Jarrow Nov 23 1874. He came back home in 1876. We do not know why he came back home. Perhaps ill health.”

"My Dad [James Thomas Skyrme] was shipwrecked during the WW> He was in the sea for 36 hours before being rescued. He was on a hospital ship conveying wounded troop from France and his ship the 'Rohilla' sank off Whitby in 1914".

This last entry is one of particular intgerest. The 'Rohilla' incident was a defining incident in the history of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and has featured in books and on TV. In fact, research by others has indicated that James Thomas Skyrme was actually on the wreck for 50 hours before being rescued with the last group to leave the stricken wreck.

You can see more Family Bible extracts and read more about the Rohilla and other stories in the publication The Skyrmes of Manorbier and Penally.