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Iain MacFarlaine (#46514200)
 member for 12 years, 4 months, 20 days
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I am a North Londoner of Irish Protestant and Anglo-Indian (or, to be more accurate, Hiberno-Caledonian-Anglo-Dutch-Huguenot-Indian) parentage. I was trained as a mathematician but, at the moment, am working only part-time. I have travelled a lot; not only around the British Isles, but also throughout: Europe; Africa; America (North only; I have yet to cross the Rio Grande, never mind the Panama Canal, although I did, once, venture across the Forty-Ninth Parallel for a month, and should like to go back to Canada again, sometime); Asia; and Australia. Unfortunately, most of those voyages were undertaken before the invention of the digital camera, so I can't show you too many of the graves I saw when I was abroad. When I am not travelling or working, or painting or acting, I am learning to play the piano and various woodwind instruments. I try to keep my body fit with cycling and swimming and karate, as well as by never drinking alcohol, or smoking, or eating flesh, or fowl, or fish, and I try to keep my mind fit with chess and crosswords and reading.

Please note; I am forever running around this world (as Jefferson Airplane once sang), and seldom check the computer when I am on my wanderings; but, if you write to me, I shall make sure that I answer on my return.
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RE: Kate Greenaway
Oh dear, hope you get well soon, all the best.
Added by Milky on Apr 15, 2014 10:30 AM
RE: Kate Greenaway
Dear Iain,
Hope you are keeping well.
Went down to London last week, looking for Kate Greenaway grave, thanks to you found it straight away, instructions you gave me made my job very easy, once again many thanks.

Yours Sincerely,
Added by Milky on Apr 13, 2014 3:29 PM
the Ragityman
RE: Tolkien
Sometimes I copyedit everyone except myself. I don't enjoy being corrected, but I do appreciate it. I tend to obsession: I get satisfaction from mending things, even to stepping on toes.

No, I never seriously thought they had divorced. Michael was younger than John Francis, so unless he was the result of an indescretion, I don't know how he can be half-brother to anyone. Possibly he was adopted from another branch of the family, and "half-sibling" is a euphemism. Quite a stretch, I admit. FindaGrave allows posting of biographical information w/o supporting evidence, so I'm thinking possibly this is misinformation which has been removed by administration, with the vestigial links overlooked. Interesting riddle, but I suppose not really important in the larger scheme. I personaly know of half-siblings who grew up only vaguely aware of each other's existance, and others who assumed the same parentage, only to learn otherwise as adults.
Added by the Ragityman on Apr 02, 2014 8:58 AM
the Ragityman
RE: Tolkien
You're absolutely right about my virtual cemetery. I have used it as a catch-all for people I personally admire who have been censored by certain factions of our country. I either need to reorganize, or re-label some of the cemeteries. Probably both. I use them for my personal convenience, and I'm afraid they're more confusing than informative to anyone except me. Not what was intended by FindaGrave, but such is life.

Michael Hilary Reuel Tolkien is linked to both his mother, Edith Mary, #19696821, and his brother, John F. R. Tolkien, #114355637. However, his is a dead link. (I don't have a memorial # for him, and I haven't successfully searched him either, though that means very little. MANY times I have faithfully searched Find A Grave before creating memorials, only to learn later that I have created a dupe.) My information is that he is a half-sibling, though I don't understand why? Did JRR and EM divorce? They seem to be buried together.
Added by the Ragityman on Apr 01, 2014 6:13 AM
the Ragityman
RE: Tolkien
I don't. I was going to ask you the same. I'll continue to look.
Added by the Ragityman on Apr 01, 2014 5:34 AM
Paul Monaghan
Re : Memorial Andrew Kennedy.
Hi Ian,

with reference to the above Memorial...The Grave Photo incorrect, please have this removed, so inaccurate.


Added by Paul Monaghan on Mar 22, 2014 11:16 AM
Andy Baker
Golders Green
Iain, Thanks very much for the pictures from the above, much appreciated
Added by Andy Baker on Mar 09, 2014 8:56 AM
RE: Kate Greenaway
Dear Iain,
Thank you for getting back to me.
Your description of how to get to Kate's grave is superb and i now realise why i have been searching without success.
Once again many thanks and hope you are feeling much better very soon

Yours Sincerely,

Added by Milky on Mar 08, 2014 1:37 PM
Emma Darwin nee Wedgwood
Pleas would you be able to link Emma Darwin nee Wedgwood to her father Josiah Wedgwood 8475.

Regards Wertypop.
Added by wertypop on Mar 02, 2014 4:49 PM
Paul Monaghan
Re: Christine Granville.
Hi Ian

With reference to the Memorial for SOE Agent Christine Granville.
Please not the Grave Photo left by...darkdestinyneil, is not of the Grave for Christine Granville, and should be taken off.


Paul Monaghan.
Added by Paul Monaghan on Mar 01, 2014 12:31 PM
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