John Gladstone ~ Deborah #writephoto

I stood there, staring at the spot where John Gladstone, once stood.  Around me were the rolling hills of Yorkshire Dales where John was brought centuries ago.  I trace my fingers over the face of the rock after leaving wild flowers at the base.  I come here every year on his birthday to celebrate his life which only improved after he saved a gamekeeper’s life.

I used to play here as a child, loving to run up the path and collapse on the grass.  I used to lie on my back and stare up at the sky.  Not once did I ever dream that my life would change and that this place would come to mean more to me than it already did.

It happened two years ago when I was researching my family’s history.  My friends had told me that they had researched theirs and had made some very exciting discoveries.  I was curious to find out what stock I came from.  It was quite a shock for me when I discovered that one of my ancestors was a slave.  He came from a plantation near Montego Bay in Jamaica.  I plan to visit the plantation next year.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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