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.

Continue reading at Deborah’s Deliberations

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. 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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