My Wizzography- An Anglo- Irish Viking teacher with a gi-normous family

by Veronica

I was recommended to do a Wizzography, so here goes. My initial response was that there is nothing to write about. I lead a quiet life and am happy with it that way.

I was born in Withington South Manchester to parents from 2 Manchester Irish Catholic families. As a child and to this day, I always felt I was Irish. I never felt any attachment whatsoever to Britain and I never shall. Imagine my surprise recently when I had my Ethnicity DNA done. But more of that later.

Life never turns out as we expect does it . The one constant is my wonderful, wonderful family and extended family whom I absolutely love. My immediate extended family ( brothers' families ) on my side has 27 people and my husband's immediate extended family has 34 people then we start on first cousins. My husband has 54 first cousins , just first cousins. We can't start counting any further. My father in law was the youngest of 15 and my mother in law the 2nd of 9. My dad was the 7th of 11 children. So, maybe not the largest family on the planet but fairly large.

Veronica
Veronica
own photo

My men

This is me with my menfolk, husband of nearly 38 years and 2 sons and grandson. I absolutely love them to bits. They are all very good to me.

me and my men
me and my men
March 2016

New arrival

Since that photo of course we have a granddaughter and a new daughter in law.

The 8 of us are below .

My nuclear family
My nuclear family

Schooling

I was fortunate enough to have a very good education at a leading Manchester Convent School. The nuns were all Irish and I just felt that I was too. The friends I made there are still very important to me 47 years on and last month I attended the wedding of one of them. How lovely to have a group photo of 7 girls who had been at school together all those years ago and are still in contact.

I am the third left.

Me with  school friends
Me with school friends
July 2015
wth business partner
wth business partner
Veronica's photo

I was an infants' teacher for 30 years but was never comfortable doing it although I was deemed to be good at it .

At college 42 years ago next month,  I met the love of my entire life and we will have been married 38 years in October.

In 2008 I left teaching and started my own education drama company in 2010. It is called Yellow Brick Road Workshops and is history/drama based. We go into schools and do workshops with the children. My business partner and I laugh EVERY DAY .

 

 

Ancient Greek goddesses
Ancient Greek goddesses
Veronica's workshop photo
WW2 workshop photo
WW2 workshop photo
Veronica's photo

Music and Church

My husband and I love classical music and often go to Manchester's Bridgwater Hall to concerts.

Religion plays a large part in my life and we have an active church community. It gives us an active social life as well as prayer life.

 

http://stvincentsbramhall.webeden.co.uk/

My DNA

I have been told by many medics that I have Viking hands and must have Viking/Scandinavian ancestry because of this hand condition I have.

Consequently, when I got the opportunity to have my ethnicity DNA done I jumped at the opportunity. I sent off my saliva sample in the equipment provided and waited expectantly.  I anticipated, 55% English, 44% Irish and 1 % Scandinavian. Well there had to be some Scandinavian somewhere. How wrong was I ?

The results came back and we have 7 ethnicities not 3. There are two main regions and 5 sub-regions. Although a British passport holder, British is one of my sub regions genetically.  

57% Irish

15% Scandinavian

13% English

7% Spanish

4% Eastern European

3% Western European

1% Finnish/  Russian Border 

 

So I AM mainly Irish afterall. It doesn't change anything but at least I know that I am really a Viking and I know whom to blame for my bad hands. The Vikings of course plundered and raped in Ireland so that is possibly where it is from.

 

Therefore,  Wife, Mother , Teacher, Business Woman, Historian. Which leaves my favourite role until last, GRANDMOTHER. I expected to love my grandchild but never expected how MUCH I would love him. As grandparents we want to protect them and guard them from harm even more than as parents. As grandparents we know what life's problems lie ahead and we want to stop them happening. I love it though and he makes me laugh.

 

 

grandson on the beach
grandson on the beach
own photo
my new granddaughter
my new granddaughter

My big brother

I have added a photo of my big brother Frank Beswick at a family Baptism last weekend. There is a family resemblance between us although of course I am far prettier!

My Big Bruv
My Big Bruv
Frank Beswick with his lovely grandaughter
Me with two of my brothers
Me with two of my brothers
Updated: 08/29/2017, Veronica
 
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frankbeswick on 09/02/2017

Interesting.

Veronica on 09/02/2017

Our youngest brother has also had this operation on his hand and his youngest daughter suffers occasionally with her hands already at her young age.

frankbeswick on 09/02/2017

Is the problem worse in people with small hands, such as yourself. My genetics are similar to yours, though not identical, but it is noted in the family that I have relatively large hands, certainly larger than those of Bernard, [the other brother in the picture.] Do you think that my relatively large hands might afford some kind of defence against this condition?

Slight correction. The book that I cited in an earlier comment is The Origins of the British.

Veronica on 09/02/2017

Yes indeed , The two brothers pictured are my oldest and youngest . They both married friends of mine so are still friends AND in laws too.

Some people of Scandinavian descent have a thick tendon running horizontally across the palm of the hand under the fingers. As we age this tendon in some people of Scandinavian origin starts to thicken even more and nodes develop at the base of each finger. The fingers bend over them and can't be released back without difficulty or else they stick in a bent position. They often need surgery, which I have had on four of my fingers.

DerdriuMarriner on 09/02/2017

Veronica, What do Scandinavian/Viking hands look like? In another article, you describe two of your brothers marrying friends of yours. Is the photo of you with Frank and another brother the siblings whose wives are your friends and in-laws?

frankbeswick on 08/31/2017

They may be accounting Lancashire as part of the North Midland's genetic community, as it is at the southern end of Northern England. For a good analysis of the genetics of the English read The Blood of the British by Oppenheimer. He states that the aboriginal British after the Ice Age were composed of three groups; one from the Ukraine, one from the Moravian Ice Age Refuge and one from Basqueland. Eastern European DNA.is therefore an element of the Eastern British population's genetic heritage, for despite the historical nonsense we were taught at school, the pre-Saxon Britons were not extincted or forced to Wales, but left descendants in England.

While I am convinced by the science of these investigations, I am not convinced by the historical interpretations placed upon the data, which sometimes fail to take into account historical complexities of the population story.

Veronica on 08/31/2017

According to Ancestry testing labs, my genetic community analysis has nothing from the Eastern English genetic community. I am in the West of Ireland and North Midlands English. I have nothing in the North West England genetic community. My husband has East of England in his community analysis.

frankbeswick on 08/30/2017

Just to return to your genealogy. You mention that you [and therefore I] are seven per cent Spanish. This genealogical component will come from our father, whose maternal ancestry came from South West Ireland,where several Armada Galleons were wrecked. Their crews were given shelter by some of the Irish and many remained living in Ireland, where they married into the Irish population. But interestingly, the galleons wrecked in South West Ireland were predominantly Portuguese, so it is probably more apt for you to say that you have Portuguese ancestry, though there is not much difference between Spanish and Portuguese. You could just say Iberian.

You mention that the Vikings plundered and raped in Ireland. They also settled in two main places: Dublin and Limerick. As our grandmother's father came from Limerick [in South West Ireland] you can trace your Scandinavian ancestry to there. The Limerick Norse were Norwegian rather than Danish, so you can probably link the one per cent Russian-Finnish border DNA to Limerick as well

The four per cent Eastern European is probably Eastern English. DNA studies indicate that the earliest Britons after the Ice Age included an element whose ancestors had migrated from the Ukraine, so it is probably more apt just to include this element simply as English. The "English"element in your DNA is likely to be a mixture of Celtic British and Anglo-Saxon, in your case Angle, as the Saxons did not settle in Lancashire, whereas some Angles did.I think it correct to say that the Eastern English component of our mutual genetic heritage is quite small. We are very much Western, Irish, whom the Norse called Westmen, and North West English.

Veronica on 08/29/2017

Thank you Margie
My "nuclear family", ( my husband, sons and their families )
my "immediate family" ( My brothers and their families ) and my
"extended family " (aunts cousins in-laws etc. ) are absolutely everything to me.

Margielynn on 08/29/2017

I loved reading about you and meeting your family! I see God has blessed you with a good life and a wonderful family! Grandkids are a special blessing to grandparents! Beautiful story!


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