Tuesday, 5 April 2011

D is for Devon

Sweetie's Burrows family comes from Devon, a county in the west of England.

His grandfather Alfred Burrows was born in Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devon, a village about halfway between Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks.  Two of his brothers were born there as well, but his father James and two eldest siblings were born in Bampton, Devon.  Bampton is located close to the Somerset border.  Alfred's mother Lucy Jane Ayre was born farther west in South Molton, Devon.  James Burrows' parents were born in Somerset, but moved to Bampton before 1851.

Burrows is not an uncommon name in Devon, and the spelling Burroughs is also found. However, according to Guppy's List of Devon Surnames, the names Burrow and Burrough are more common in the county.

Devon is known for Devonshire cream, which I highly recommend on scones.  Agatha Christie was born in Torquay, on the south coast of Devon, and set several of her books in the county.

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