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By: Charles Harding

The Fascinating History of My Direct Royal Ancestors and Their Descendants

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The author traces his direct ancestors for 40 generations, commencing with Egbert Saxon, king of Wessex in generation 1. King Edward III is described in generation 18. He was the last monarch in the author’s Direct family tree. He and his wife, Philippa of Hanault, are the author’s 21 times great grandparents. The author narrates the history of his direct ancestors up to his grandparents in generation 39, from English royalty to Scottish nobility, ending with the Krio elite in the former British colony of Sierra Leone. This was as a result of the acting governor of Sierra Leone, the Scottish Kenneth Macaulay, the author’s 4 times great-grandfather, having a relationship with a liberated African, which led to the birth of the author’s 3 times great-grandmother Charlotte Macaulay, who was of mixed race. The book is an entertaining, fascinating and accessible piece of family history with a wide-ranging scope and engaging manner of dialogue, which will be of interest, not only to historians and genealogists, but also to non-fiction readers in general.

Charles Harding was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, but attended preparatory and public school in the UK. He obtained an economics degree from the University of Sierra Leone followed by an LLB honours degree at what is now University of West London. He was called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1983. After pupillage, he practiced as a barrister in Freetown and later in the UK until 1992 when he successfully converted to a solicitor. In 1995 he established Charles Harding & Co Solicitors in Wembley. A family history enthusiast, he is the author of The Fascinating History of My Liberated Ancestors. Charles is married to Claudette and they have a son Michael.

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