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Lincolnshire Echo, 15 September 2005

Excuse me, but is there anyone here called Farmery? Ask that question in a village hall not far from Lincoln in a few days and the chances are that just about everybody in earshot will shout out "Yes!"

Because it's that time of the year again when men, women and children from all over the country converge on Lincolnshire for the international Farmery gathering.

The man tasked with the job of bringing everybody together is Alan Moorhouse, who lives in Gloucestershire.

He will tell you proudly that his maternal great-grandmother, Jane Farmery, was born at Swallow in north Lincolnshire in 1863.

Her father George, who was a builder, later moved the family across to Grimsby.

Another of Alan's great-grandmothers, Mary Royce (supposedly of the same family as Frederick Royce of Rolls-Royce fame), is buried in Canwick Road cemetery at Lincoln.

The venue for what will be the fifth international gathering of the Farmery family is once again Bracebridge Heath Village Hall and it takes place on Saturday, September 24.

And during the six and a half-hour event, there will be guest speakers "and the opportunity to perhaps meet distant Farmery cousins and learn of other people's research," says Alan.

He will have with him a computerised database of more than 32,000 Farmery name events, including all the English and Welsh births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 2003, from the national registration indexes and every Farmery in England and Wales from the censuses of 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901.

The Farmery name - defined in the Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames as "a worker in or dweller near the infirmary" - seems to have originated only in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Alan says: "There were notable Lincolnshire Farmery families at Heapham and Springthorpe and Northorpe.

"These families included several vicars of Springthorpe, Heapham, Ludborough and Blyton and John Farmery, chancellor of the Diocese of Lincoln and MP for Lincoln, who died in February 1648."

Speakers at the gathering will include oral historian and expert on the county's social history, Maureen Sutton and author and historian David Robinson.

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