Carden Family History
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
The cardoon (French: "cardon") is a thistle-like vegetable cultivated in the Geneva region. It tastes of artichoke and is popular especially during colder months baked in a gratin sauce (gratin de cardon).
Some years ago, I tried to know by telephone number (by statistics) what was the repartition of the Cardin name in France. When you report the number of the Cardin family name on a French map, you see that this name is current in three areas as follows:
in Normandy on the west coast of the Cotentin (where I come from) around
the town of Coutances (about 70 kilometers in the south of Cherbourg); in north Brittany around the town of St Brieuc; and in south Brittany around the town of Nantes.
It is amazing and strange to remark that we find these three groups on the west coast of France where it is believed that the Norman and Anglo-Saxon invaders came in the old time. It is why until now I think that the Cardin name was from Anglo-Norman origin (may be from Cari-den, which could mean Cari, a Viking name, the strong) and had a similar origin with the Carden name in England and not with a Germanic word (Richard : Ric Hard which means the strong King) as it is related in the traditional French genealogy books.
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Those who visit www.lulu.com and put CARDEN in the search box will find that a new edition of Carden of Templemore has been issued. It contains many additions such as a full biography of Sir Henry Carden and his participation in the Peninsular War.
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
The sword was offered on ebay in August 2016 by a seller in USA, and was bought by Mark Carden. It had been drawn to Arthur Carden’s attention by Richard Schenk of USA who had discussed it on the forum at http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?118093-What-s-this&highlight=carden where someone suggested that the initials HRC engraved upon it might be those of Sir Henry.
This is certainly a genuine Pattern 1796 Heavy Cavalry dress sword of the type worn up to 1821 when it was replaced by the M1821 cavalry sword. It is mounted with an earlier blade which appears to be from a Scottish broad sword. It is marked with the name "Andrea Ferrara" (as is traditional with Scottish broad swords), a crowned "GR", and the owner's initials "HRC" in an ornate, hard to decipher style. From the style, it would appear the initials were etched on the blade at a later time than the other markings, probably when it was rehilted.
Saturday, 28 May 2016
Opera Australia to mark 60th anniversary with a performance to raise the roof
Sunday, 8 May 2016
A non-religious funeral took place at Worthing Crematorium on February 8th. We held a celebration of her life in London on May 7th.
Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Saturday, 26 December 2015
ROBERT HUNTER (1745-1803). Portrait of Sir John Craven Carden, 1st Baronet, half-length, wearing uniform. Oil on canvas, 74 x 62cm.
This portrait of John Craven Carden is in the uniform of the Templemore Light Dragoons, a volunteer regiment raised in response to the withdrawal of regular troops required for the American War but which rapidly acquired political leverage. Carden had inherited large estates in Tipperary acquired in the Cromwellian settlement of the 17th Century. Although without parliamentary influence, Carden represented landed interests which the Castle administration were keen to control. Bribes were measured and Carden was made a baronet in 1787. He proved to be a sound man in the 1798 rebellion and by fortifying the Market House in Templemore denied the town to the rebels. He also leased the land for a barracks (now the Garda Training College) and donated the site of the Catholic Church in 1810.
Sunday, 20 September 2015
Thursday, 20 August 2015
Monday, 13 July 2015
Photograph taken during a family visit to the exhibition featuring Admiral Sackville Carden
Monday, 22 June 2015
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
“CSFs are now standard treatment and every year the number of people alive because Don’s work grows,” said Professor Douglas Hilton, director of Walter and Eliza Hall Institute off Medical Research.
George Frederick Carden (1872-1942), a wealthy businessman and Melbourne City Councillor, left most of his money to establish the fellowship because of family disagreements, described in the Bendigo chapter of my book Carden of Cheshire. He was a son of John Moss Carden who emigrated from Cheshire as a teenager and in due course became a member of the Ballarat and Bendigo stock exchanges. He was a younger brother of Joan’s grandfather William Henry Pearson Carden of Kalgoorlie.
Thursday, 26 March 2015
I am now organising a mini-gathering of family members in Portsmouth on Saturday July 11th to view the exhibition and exchange information. 15 members of the Tipperary branches have already said they are coming and of course everyone else is most welcome to join us. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Those interested may like to visit http://www.nmrn.org.uk/myth-and-memory-exhibition
My book Carden and the Dardanelles is now available from me or from www.lulu.com, for £7.50, copyright consent having been received.
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
I hope to add these pictures in due course to the chapter on Sir John Valentine Carden in my book Carden of Templemore.
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Here is a summary.
Monday, 19 January 2015
Those who have a copy of Carden of Templemore will have seen the a chapter on the Lockwood family, which intermarried with members of the Carden family on no less than six occasions, and were important people in the locality, especially in Cashel.
Roger Carden Depper has studied the family in depth. He writes that he would very much like some help with Richard Lockwood who may have been born in about 1660. Did he come from England with Cromwell? He was buried at St John Church, Cashel on 16 March 1735. In 1713/1714 he was Mayor and then Alderman of Cashel. He and his son Richard had vested interests in the development of the Town of Cashel. They were involved in land transactions with the Smith/Barry estate and the Church. Land agents. In a letter dated 1700 Ann Wansbrough states that her sister Lucy had married her steward and clerk Richard Lockwood. The Wansbrough family came from Shrewton in Wiltshire.
Friday, 5 December 2014
Another feature that has ceased to exist is Paul Walsh’s bookshop in the Main Street, established by his grandfather, author of a history of Templemore. It used to stock my books, but they can still be found in the library, I am glad to say.
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Sir John Valentine Carden, the tank designer, built Carwarden House near Camberley in Surrey, England, in 1932, soon after he inherited the title. He knew he should have spelled it Cawarden without the ‘r’ but apparently the mistake was made when the name board was painted!
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Saturday, 8 March 2014
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Monday, 19 August 2013
Saturday, 30 March 2013
The picture alongside is reproduced from the back cover of his book.
For more about the book see post below dated 19 March 2012.
(Added December 2013). CARDEN IN AMERICA has been revised to mention Chuck's death.)
Thursday, 28 February 2013
He corresponded with me about a DNA test in 2008, but we lost contact.
(Added in December 2014). As will be seen from a visit to Wikipedia, David has now rejoined his law firm and is based in Singapore. We have corresponded and he has put me in touch with his brother Douglas, who has bought Chuck's book and one of mine. Their great grandfather was Allen D. Carden, born in 1862, who lived in Gratz, Owen County, Ky.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Monday, 19 March 2012
The above book is now available from http://www.lulu.com/ where the following description will be found -
With encouragement from Arthur Carden, Chuck Carden has agreed to make available for posterity, in book form, a large part of his research on the family, which includes entries for over 5,900 Carden descendants and spouses living in USA. They mostly descend from one or more immigrants from Cheshire, England. An attempt is made to indicate which Carden males have submitted samples for DNA analysis and what conclusions can be drawn. Though only twelve branches of the family in America are covered the book will be of widespread interest. Purchase now is advised, as the next edition in a few months' time will be more expensive.
The next, more expensive, edition will contain only minor improvements such as better artwork on the cover.
I personally believe that this 570-page book, densely packed with information and with an excellent index, should be in the library of every American member of the family, whether they belong to one of the twelve branches or not.
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Saturday, 8 October 2011
More about Walter Thomson and Father Demetrius, whose photographs appear here, will appear in my forthcoming supplement to Carden of Barnane.
Saturday, 5 February 2011
More information can be found in Antigua and the Antiguans: Also an Impartial View of Slavery and the Free Labour Systems; the ... by Flannigan, Lanaghan (or Mrs Lanaghan), Saunders and Otley, 1844. (Internet Archive edition digitised by Google from Harvard University collection and The History of the island of Antigua one of the Leeward Caribbees in the West Indies, from the first settlement in 1635 to the present time by Oliver, Vere Langford, Vol 1, London, 1894. (Internet Archive edition digitised by Boston Public Library).
Here is a quotation from the former -
MURDER OF COLONEL CARDEN. The fate of Colonel Carden was truly shocking. Soon after the French had abandoned Antigua, a party of Caribs landed, and cruelly treated the defenceless inhabitants. At length they proceeded to the house of the ex-governor, Colonel Carden, who treated them very kindly, and administered to their want. Upon their leaving, they requested their entertainer to accompany them to the beach, who instantly complied ; but the Caribs, more treacherous than the wild beasts that haunt the desert, had no sooner reached the place where their canoes were stationed, than they fell upon their kind host, cruelly murdered him, and broiled his head, which they afterwards carried with them to Dominica.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Sunday, 3 October 2010
The Worcester and Birmingham Canal: Chronicles of the Cut by Revd. Alan White, 2005. Thomas Carden of Worcester (see my book on that branch) was one of the original promoters of this canal and a member of the committee all through its construction and chairman most of the time. He continued to be actively involved until 1827 at the age of 89.
The Anderton Boat Lift by David Carden, Black Dwarf Publications, 2000. See my book "Carden of Tonbridge."
The boat pictured here is believed to belong to David Carden of the Chalfont branch. He and half a dozen other members of his immediate family came to the 1998 Gathering and all stayed at the Carden Park Hotel. Subsequently they adopted a pheon-like symbol for their firm, which appears on the boat, I'm glad to see. You will find it on their website at http://www.whcarden.co.uk/
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
He died in July 2010 aged 73.
A note about his brother Ted (and his Carden Car) appears later in this blog.
These two remarkable Cardens descend from a Lincolnshire branch called the Cardens of Rigsby. A document on the branch is available from Arthur Carden.
Thursday, 1 April 2010
The sitters are, respectively,
Sir Robert Walter Carden, 1st Bt by Sir Leslie Ward, watercolour,
published in Vanity Fair 11 December 1880
Sir Robert Walter Carden, 1st Bt by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company,
woodburytype print on paper mount, 1870s-1880s
Sir Sackville Hamilton Carden by Bassano, vintage print, 1915.
The NPG has 16 Carden portraits but only these three appear on its website.
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Monday, 29 March 2010
The above illustration appears on the web site with the caption: “… St. Thomas, Middle Island (St. Kitts) dated December 1867. John and Agnes were married here and John and his father and several Cardin children are buried in the graveyard. …”
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
PROOF THAT THE TIPPERARY CARDENS CAME FROM CHESHIRE. Though some early documents claimed that the first Cardens to arrive in Tipperary came from Cheshire, there was no firm evidence. It was hoped that DNA results would prove the matter, by showing a match with descendants of Cheshire Cardens. Unfortunately results for myself and two other Barnane Cardens are unique and implied that our ancestor, John born 1699, was not the biological son of Jonathan, the first Barnane Carden, though he made him his heir. Results for the only other two Tipperary Cardens to submit samples were inconclusive. In February, however, results for Peter O'Neil Carden of Australia were received, which exactly match (at all 37 loci examined) those descended from Cheshire Cardens. Wonderful!
CARDEN DNA PROJECT. Eddie Carden, a geneticist from North Carolina USA, and his father also called Eddie both of whom were at our recent Carden Gathering, have agreed to join me as joint administrators of the project. This will ensure it continues after my demise and will soon, I hope, lead to a more efficient operation. Several new results are in the pipeline, like the one above.
CARDENS OF MONMOUTH. I was recently contacted "out of the blue" by Steve Carden of this branch, and we can now trace its earliest member as William Carden born 1823, whose son Thomas was born in 1848 only a mile or two from Carden Hall in Cheshire.
My son Mark recently saw this portrait of Sir Lionel in the dining room of Pratt's House at Eton College, where one of his godsons, James Richardson, is at school. The latter's father, Phil Richardson, kindly drew it to Mark's attention.
The portrait is signed H.J.Thaddeus 1912, so it is interesting that it was made at about the time he received his KCMG awarded for his services in Guatemala, just before he returned to Mexico where his policies infuriated President Woodrow Wilson.
Mark appears in the picture.
(posted 16 March 2010 and amended 18 March)