Sandes Ancestry attempts to document the Sandes family members and their ancestors who lived or originated in County Kerry, Ireland from the time of the invasion by Oliver Cromwell in 1649 up to the present day.

Mike and his wife and grandson. Picture taken at Sissinghurst, Kent July 2009

Land, and the ownership of land, was to dominate Ireland's history in the Nineteenth Century. The problems caused by who owned the land was partly responsible for the terrible impact of the Great Famine.

"Those who could not pay their rent were evicted and landlords  could call on either the Army or the Police (or both) to enforce this."

The definitive book about Flora Sandes launched in Edinburgh on 24 June 2012 and I was fortunate enough to be invited. So I drove up to Edinburgh and met its rather wonderful author, Louise Miller.

'A Fine Brother' - the Flora Sandes story

The Kerryman who fought with Simón Bolívar, Arthur Sandes fought in Belgium at the Battle of Waterloo against Napoleon on 18th June 1815. He left the British army later that year. In 1817 he was recruited into Colonel Frederick Campbell's Regiment of Chasseurs by the representative of Bolivar in London. Soldiers of fortune destined to fight for Simón Bolívar in his bid for independence from Spain in South America, they set sail for Venezuela in January 1818.

"Soldiers of fortune destined to fight for Simón Bolívar in his bid for independence from Spain in South America, they set sail for Venezuela in January 1818."

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