As you may well have guessed, my name is Colin. Like everyone, the things about me change with time. Current stuff becomes history, ideas we had once seem silly – or fantastically smart. Whatever! So I decided to construct this section as a series of pages. We will see what happens as present turns into history.
The family name “Perrott” is said to originate with a young couple who eloped from Camelot way back in 907AD or so and set up family life at Peret, Bretagne in France near the Montaignes Noires. I assume the male forebear relocated in order to access French technology and release the chastity belt for whose application the young woman’s dad was famous. The family motto “amo ut invenio” would seem related in some way to this initial venture, but is associated with Sir John Perrott the visible and trouble making brother of Elizabeth I of England. Shortly down that line came another colorful character “John Perrott the Pope Convertor” whose lack of success in converting the then pope to Quakerism is obvious to all. Both these fellows make interesting reading, though my family line doesn’t involve either.
My family traces back to Bartholomew Perrott who who lived between 1520 and 1580 at Erlstoke in Wiltshire. That particular Bart was evidently a sensible individual about whom there is nothing said. I am the fourth generation to live in the Port Macquarie/Hastings region of New South Wales. In the New England Tablelands region just inland there is another family of the same name who do claim lineage to Henry VIII. It suits me to draw the distinction that I am a “Perrott of the Hastings”…why? Simply that in their return to England, the family of past generations provisioned ships for William the Conqueror to engage the Battle of Hastings! The year — 1066AD.
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