MadGang Roots

MadGang matriarch, Mrs MP's ancestors were miners up until her father's generation. In the second half of the nineteenth century they moved from the copper mining village of Mary Tavy in Devonshire north to the haematite mining town of Millom in what is now the county of Cumbria.

One of Mrs MP's forebears, a great uncle, somehow managed to gain the education needed to become a schoolteacher and, after a few years working in Millom, he accepted the post of headmaster at the board school in Coniston.

We visited Coniston to find out if any of the places in which he lived or worked still exist and, fortunately, both the school he worked in and his house have survived the years, although the school is a domestic residence now. We also met a local resident who, although he was too young to have known Mrs MP's great uncle personally, had known people who had been his pupils. By the sounds of things, he was not liked by those in his charge. The most civil thing that was said about him was that he had been a "hard taskmaster." I can verify that this is a family trait that has come down the years to manifest itself, big time, in Mrs MP, my wife.

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  1. a “hard taskmaster.” I can verify that this is a family trait that has come down the years to manifest itself, big time, in Mrs MP, my wife.

    Bite your tongue, MP! [Before it’s bitten for you!]