Iain: I don't want to bust your bubble but the Huguenot tale as you
relate below is a story that many families had perpetrated on them by
unscrupulous genealogists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It's
rarely true! My Great-Grandfather bought the story too but we have
disproved the story as a hoax! Sorry but I bet your Leslie friend needs
to continue to dig and I bet he will find that it was a hoax too.
Anyway how much of France is Celtic? ;)
Tom Mungall <[log in to unmask]>
On Thu, 8 Feb 1996, I Banks wrote:
> Dear All,
> I'd just like to share a story with you, following on from Paulette's
> extremely cogent posting. It's one I used in a paper at TAG94, so
> apologies to anyone who has already heard it.
> One of my colleagues here in Glasgow has the surname Leslie and,
> having an interest in the family and his identity within the family,
> spent a lot of time researching the Leslie family. He traced the clan
> over secveral centuries and visited Castle Leslie, said to be the
> clan centre. Having become an expert in the family's history, he was
> chatting to one of his aunts about the family, proud to show off his
> knowledge. It was at this point that his aunt revealed that their
> branch of the family was not originally called Leslie. In fact, they
> were originally Huguenot refugees who had fled to Ireland and adopted
> the name Leslie because it was close to their original name.
> The interesting point about this is that my colleague is a typical
> product of the Protestant middle class of the South Side of Glasgow.
> He had no idea that he should behave like a Frenchman, nor an
> Irishman (since the family was Irish for a time before they became
> Scots). Where, then, is the racial memory in this case?