Welcome to the August 2008 issue of “Daltons in History”. As I write our Gathering in Birr is now in less than two weeks time and I am busy with all the last minute preparations. A few brief notes follow for this issue. Our next edition, due for publication at the beginning of September, will of course carry a full report on the event.

2008 Gathering in Ireland

The 2008 Gathering is taking place from Friday 1st to Monday 4th August 2008 in Birr, Co Offaly, Ireland. This is a double event – it is the Annual Gathering of the Dalton Genealogical Society and it is also the first official meeting of Clan Dalton. Dooly’s Hotel is the venue, with its excellent conference facilities for our meetings and the annual dinner. Delegates are staying at Dooly’s and we have also arranged additional accommodation at nearby places offering bed and breakfast. Birr is located in the heart of mid-Ireland about two hours drive west of Dublin, and a similar distance east of Shannon. It is a beautiful old Georgian town with an impressive castle and much of interest to the visitor. It is also well situated to enable us to make a number of visits to places with Dalton connections.

At the latest count we are expecting forty one delegates to join us over the weekend. These include many overseas delegates attending their first DGS Gathering and we particularly look forward to welcoming them.

I know that we are assured of a great welcome and I am sure it will be a memorable weekend.

The Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP)

Participants will be aware that the DGS continues to retain the services of Chris Pomery as our project consultant. I held a review meeting with Chris in mid-May and I will be publishing a further update on the website in due course. It is very encouraging that new participants continue to join DIDP, and it is particularly pleasing to see that the test results for many of these are placing them in existing genetic families and therefore we are able to put them in direct touch with new “genetic cousins”. There are now 111 Y DNA project participants, but we still need more, particularly individuals with documented ancestral lines that take them back to known English or Irish Dalton origins.

For further information please look at the “Dalton DNA Project” section of the website, and do please contact me by email if you would like to join the project, or if you have any questions which you wish to raise.

The DGS Journal

Volume 48 of the DGS Journal (June 2008) has now been published and distributed to DGS members. You will find details of the contents of this latest volume included in this issue of “Daltons in History”.

Back issues of the DGS Journal continue to be available. On this website you can access the DGS Journal Index from the homepage. Here you will find a full synopsis of the contents of the Journal of the Dalton Genealogical Society commencing with Volume 1 published back in 1970 through to Volume 41 published in December 2004. Lists of contents are available for Volumes 42 to 48 and the full synopses will be available shortly. Copies of all back numbers are available for purchase and these can be obtained from DGS member, Mrs Pat Robinson (address: Mallards, 3 High Street, The Green, Barrington, Cambridge CB2 5QX, UK email: Details of prices, including postage and packing, will be found with the index.


Enjoy this month’s issue of “Daltons in History”, your regular monthly update on everything that is happening in the world of Dalton family history. We will be back again at the beginning of September.

Thank you for your attention and best wishes to you all.

Yours very sincerely

Michael Neale Dalton
Chairman and Honorary Life President of the Dalton Genealogical Society

From Ciaran Dalton, Irish Secretary

Part of the programme for our Dalton Gathering at Birr in August 2008 will be a brief talk, on Saturday, on one of our more famous forebears namely Richard D’Alton Williams.

Born in Dublin in 1822, he spent his early life at Grennanstown in Tipperary. He studied medicine but in his later life he was to achieve recognition as one of the leading poets of the “Nation’’ newspaper in the 1840’s. This famous paper founded by Charles Gavan Duffy in 1842, quickly became a forum for the new political thinking on Ireland at that time. It ceased publication in 1892.

In our illustrated talk we discuss his early life, his poetry and attempt to look closer at his world of the mid 19th Century Ireland by briefly examining his early life roaming the hills of Tipperary, his time as a student and medic, his poetry and finally his time in America. Today he has largely been forgotten, though his volume “The Poems of Richard D’Alton Williams”, published by James Duffy & Co., does occasionally turn up in book auctions.

It is fitting then that we as members of the Dalton Genealogical Society, at our Gathering at Birr in Ireland, give some recognition to one of our forgotten “kinsmen’’ and one of our illustrious ancestors of “Clan Dalton’’.

From Gerry Dalton and Tom Wood in Australia

DALTON, JOSEPH (1817-1905), Jesuit priest, was born on 2 December 1817 at Waterford, Ireland. He was educated at the Jesuit colleges of Clongowes and Tullabeg and entered the Society of Jesus in December 1836. For the next thirty years he studied and worked in Jesuit Houses in Ireland, and became rector of St Stanislaus College, Tullabeg.

Austrian Jesuits had begun a mission to the German settlers near Clare, South Australia in 1848, but were diffident to extend their work to Victoria where Dr James Goold was eager to found an Irish Jesuit Mission. The Jesuit priests, William Kelly and Joseph Lentaigne, reached Melbourne in September 1865. Dalton was appointed superior of the mission and arrived in April 1866. The first of his many tasks was to revive St Patrick's College, which had opened at East Melbourne in 1854 with a government grant but closed after eight years through maladministration. Dalton appointed Kelly to its staff and by 1880 'Old Patricians' could boast many graduates at the University of Melbourne, and two of its three doctorates in law. At St Patrick's Dalton was also persuaded by Goold to train candidates for the diocesan priesthood, but he resisted Goold's pressure for a more ambitious college until he had sufficient resources. On land bought at Kew in 1871 he built Xavier College which opened in 1878 and cost £40,000.

Dalton was also entrusted by Goold with the parochial care of a very large area centred on Richmond where some of the colony's most eminent laymen lived. With William Wardell and a magnificent site, Dalton worked towards the grandiose St Ignatius Church, capable of seating almost his entire 4000 parishioners. In his district he built other chapels, schools and churches, including the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Hawthorn. He gave many retreats, lectured often on secular education, and engaged in controversy which led once to litigation. He went with Goold to reorganize the diocese of Auckland in 1869 and after Archbishop John Bede Polding died, the Irish Jesuit Mission was invited to Sydney in 1878. As superior there Dalton took charge within eight months of the North Sydney district, founded St Kilda House, the forerunner of St Aloysius College, Milson's Point, and was its first rector. He also bought 118 acres (48 ha) at Riverview where, as rector, he opened St Ignatius College. There he lived after his retirement in 1883 and died on 5 January 1905.

Dalton founded two great public schools and made more than a dozen foundations, of which only one at Dunedin proved abortive; they involved debts of at least £120,000 which were mostly paid by 1883. He published nothing and his inner life is not revealed in his diary (1866-88). Those who knew him well attested that he was first and foremost a holy priest, and he was widely revered in Richmond and Riverview. His energy and vision were striking, and his work established the Irish Jesuits in the eastern colonies.

Select Bibliography:

J. Ryan, The Society of Jesus in Australia (privately printed, 1911); papers and St Patrick's College records (Jesuit Provincial Archives, Hawthorn, Melbourne). More on the resources:

Author: G. J. O'Kelly

Print Publication Details: G. J. O'Kelly, 'Dalton, Joseph (1817 - 1905)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 4, Melbourne University Press, 1972, pp 11-12.

DGS Meeting at Orange, NSW, Australia - 13 - 15 March 2009

The plans to hold a meeting at Orange, N.S.W. are moving ahead and it is hoped that many DGS members will be able to attend.

Chairman and Hon. Life President of the DGS, Michael Neale Dalton and his wife Kate will be in Australia for the meeting. At this time, the Australian and New Zealand branch of the DGS has reserved space for Saturday 14th March 2009 at Duntryleague (perhaps in the Dalton Room) and this will need to be confirmed. For this reason it would be helpful to find out approximately how many members, family and friends, intend to attend the meeting to be held over the week-end of the 13th to 15th March 2009.

Would you be kind enough to indicate your interest in attending so that arrangements can be made at the Central Caleula Motor Inn. “Heritage House” is adjacent to the motel, and run by it, and it is likely to be used for the Saturday evening dinner. Other definite arrangements can be made at a later date, depending on numbers.

Please indicate below your interest in attending the whole or part of the week-end and return by mail to Maureen Collins, 1/11 Moruben Road, Mosman NSW 2088 or email to or to or to




Tel No.................................. Email........................................................

Please address any queries to: Helen Smith at the above address or if in Victoria to Wendy Fleming or to myself. It would be appreciated if your replies could be received by 31 October this year to allow for further information to be published in the DGS Journal published in December.



DGS Meeting at Orange, NSW, Australia - 13-15 March 2009
Description of Duntryleague (Pictured Above)

James Dalton arrived in Sydney on the convict Barque Hive on the 11 December 1835, having been deported from County Limerick, Ireland to serve a 7 year term in the Colony. He was granted his freedom in 1842 and by 1848 he had established a general store in Summerhill, some 5 miles from what is now the City of Orange [named after the Prince of Orange, it is generally accepted, rather than the growing of oranges]. In 1849 James Dalton’s 15 year old son James joined his father, who was then living at Bathurst, NSW.

In 1876, James Dalton the younger built Duntryleague, a mansion with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. The mansion was sold to Orange Golf Club in 1935 when an eighteen hole championship golf course was established. The house itself is used as a club house with some guest house accommodation.

This is the 3rd part of an article from Rodney Dalton, USA

Next we have Sir Richard de Dalton II, the son of the first Richard who was born about 1230. He had three sons who were also Knights; Sir Henry de Dalton, who was Sheriff of Lancaster in 1318, Sir Robert de Dalton, our direct line and Sir John de Dalton, as per Flowers Visitation of Yorkshire, who was the founder of the Kirby Misperton, Yorkshire Dalton line.

Henry III was King of England from about 1226 to 1272. Our Sir Richard de Dalton and his brothers were probably involved in some of the rebellions of these times. In the history books you will read about the nobility who wished to bind the king to the same feudal laws under which they were held. The emerging class of free men also demanded the same protection from the king's excessive control. Barons, nobility, and free men began viewing England as a community rather than a mere aggregation of independent manors, villages and outlying principalities. Matters came to a head in 1258 when Henry levied extortionate taxes to pay for debts incurred through war with Wales, failed campaigns in France resulting in the outbreak of civil war in 1264. Edward, Henry's eldest son, led the king's forces with the opposition commanded by Simon de Montfort, Henry's brother-in-law. At the Battle of Lewes, in Sussex, de Montfort defeated Edward and captured both king and son - and found himself in control of the government.

Was our Sir Richard de Dalton supporting King Henry III or was he one of the rebel Knights who sided with Simon de Monfort? Again we can never know until some record turns up to tell us.

Before we go further in time, let’s tell about the battles that were fought between the English and the Scottish people in which our Dalton Knights must have been involved with, only because of their location in Dalton and Bispham in Lancashire and in Yorkshire, south of the Scottish border. The Daltons were Sir Richard de Dalton II, born in 1230 and his son, Sir Robert de Dalton, born in 1270 and his sons, named above, were the knights who probably fought in the English and Scottish wars in the late 1200's and early 1300's.

The three English Kings at this time were the Edward's; Edward I and his son, Edward II, and his son Edward III.

The First War began with the English invasion of Scotland in 1296, called the First War of Scottish Independence and can be loosely divided into four parts. The initial English invasion and success in 1296; the campaigns led by William Wallace, Andrew de Moray and various Scottish Guardians from 1297 until John Comyn negotiated for the general Scottish submission in February 1304; the renewed campaigns led by Robert the Bruce between his coronation in 1306 and the Scottish victory at Bannockburn in 1314; and a final phase of Scottish diplomatic initiatives and military campaigns in Scotland, Ireland and Northern England from 1314 until the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton in 1328.

Some battles between these two countries include the following:

Battle of Dunbar Date - 1296 - Setting - Dunbar, Scotland. Combatants - Guardians of Scotland .vs. King Edward I of England (Longshanks).

King John Balliol was placed on the throne in 1292. He was a weak King, but he was a King nonetheless, something Scotland hadn't had since 1286. Edward I of England, having already conquered Wales, set his eyes on Scotland. In 1296, he marched North with an army of 30,000 infantry and 5000 cavalry. He invaded Scotland. He first arrived at Berwick, Scotland's main trading town. He sacked the town, mercilessly killing practically the whole town's population. He then marched to Dunbar and defeated a Scots army sent to meet him. Scotland was now in Edward's hands. He marched to Scone and removed the famous 'Stone of Destiny' to Westminster Abbey.

The war began in earnest with Edward I's sacking of Berwick in March 1296, followed by the Scottish defeat at the Battle of Dunbar and the abdication of John Balliol in July. The English invasion campaign had subdued most of the country by August and, after removing the Stone of Destiny from Scone Abbey and transporting it to Westminster Abbey, Edward convened a parliament at Berwick, where the Scottish nobles paid homage to him as King of England. Scotland had been all but conquered.

The revolts which again broke out in early 1297, were led by William Wallace, Andrew de Moray and other Scottish nobles, forced Edward to send more forces to deal with the Scots, and although they managed to force the nobles to capitulate at Irvine, Wallace and de Moray's continuing campaigns eventually led to the first key Scottish victory, at Stirling Bridge on 11th September 1297. This was followed by Scottish raids into Northern England and the appointment of Wallace as Guardian of Scotland in March 1298. In July, Edward invaded again, intending to crush Wallace and his followers, and defeated the Scots at Falkirk. Edward I failed to subdue Scotland completely before returning to England.

Battle of Falkirk Date - 1298 - Setting - Falkirk, Scotland. Combatants - Sir William Wallace (Guardian of Scotland) .vs. King Edward I of England.

After Wallace's victory at Stirling, he was knighted and given the title 'Guardian of Scotland'. Edward I, on the other hand, was in Flanders, hoping to secure new land for the English crown. On hearing of the defeat of his entire northern army, he headed home. He then marched north with 87,500 troops. Wallace could only muster about one third of that. When Edward arrived in Kirkliston, he considered retreating after he saw the Lothians had become a desert. However, two Scottish knights sent a message to him, betraying Wallace's whereabouts. The following day, Edward's army rode to Falkirk where they attacked the Scots. The Scottish knights also betrayed Wallace, turning and riding from the field at the vital moment. Like most of the Scottish nobles, they would rather have fought for the English where they believed chivalry was best served. The Scots army suffered severe slaughter. The retreating body of Wallace's men were too small to hold Stirling and had to pass it by. There was little gain in Edward's victory, but he had defeated Wallace. On the banks of the River Forth, Wallace sadly renounced his guardianship. He was now an outlaw again.

Battle of Loudon Hill Date - 1307 - Setting - Loudon, Scotland. Combatants - King Robert the Bruce .vs. King Edward I of England.

After Wallace's execution in 1305, there was little hope for Scotland. Edward was making the final plans to merge Scotland into England. Edward was an old man though and would not last much longer. In 1306, something happened that tore the very heart out of Edwards plans. On the 27th March, 1306 Robert the Bruce, Earl of Carrick, and claimant to the throne of Scotland, crowned himself at Scone. As you can imagine, Edward I was outraged and immediately headed north to topple King Robert. At Loudon Hill, King Robert met his first defeat. He was now an outlaw, forced to seek shelter wherever he could. Hardly befitting for a King. Scotland would have been finished then and there if it wasn't for the greatest stroke of luck ever to happen to Scotland. On 7th July 1307, Edward marched north for the last time, his aim to seek out Robert the Bruce. Thankfully, as he was just about to cross the border, he collapsed and died. Edward was replaced by his much weaker son (Edward II) who had no interest whatsoever of continuing the campaign in Scotland. The army returned home, and King Robert came out of hiding.

Bannockburn (23-24th June 1314) - The Scots under King Robert the Bruce win an essential battle against the English.

Halidon Hill - (1333) Edward III of England defeated the Scots.

There was then relative peace for awhile, however, at this time in history the outbreak of the Hundred Years' War with France in 1337 started, and Edward III left Scotland alone.

The Scots continued to attack England. David II invaded England in 1346, but at the Battle of Neville's Cross he was defeated and captured, and was imprisoned for 11 years. In 1513 James IV of Scotland, who had declared himself an active ally of France against England, led an army of 30,000 into Northern England, but he was defeated and killed at the Battle of Flodden, in Northumberland. The Battle of Flodden marked the end of Scottish attempts to defeat England.

And so these were some of the Scottish battles our Dalton knights may have fought with their Kings of England.

DALTON, Thomas (1782-1840):

Born Birmingham, England to William Dalton and Rebecca Watson;
Married first 1803 Sarah Pratt (d. 1804), one son Henry;
Married second Nov 9, 1805 Sophia Simms (b. 1785, Birmingham);
Children Thomas, Robert, Sophia, Emma, Harriett, Mary;
Died October 26, 1840, Toronto, Canada.

A businessman, author, politician and newspaperman, Thomas DALTON had a varied and tumultuous career. Shortly after taking over the family business in Birmingham, he found himself bankrupt in 1808. He emigrated to Newfoundland, became successful in the mercantile business (briefly), until once again becoming bankrupt in 1816. Moving on, he established a brewery in Kingston, Upper Canada which became the largest in the Province. As a successful businessman, he became involved in establishing a new bank in Kingston and quickly became a major shareholder and Director. A combination of mismanagement, dissention, and fraud - none of it attributable to DALTON - brought the bank to the brink of insolvency in the mid-1820’s. Some political skulduggery in York (now Toronto) led to a legislative act declaring the Kingston bank a ‘pretend’ bank, and illegal. The directors - including DALTON - were declared personally responsible for the bank’s debt. Although never convicted of any illegal activities, DALTON was effectively ruined financially.

In 1828 an extensive fire damaged the brewery and it was closed. In 1829 the land was sold to one John Molson, most likely of the family responsible for one of today’s best known Canadian brews.

In the elections of 1828, in a contest between the Royalist/Loyalist/Family Compact/Tory side and reformers interested in a more open and democratic Upper Canada, all the reformers were re-elected and were joined by new members W.L. MacKenzie and Jesse Ketchem for York, William Warren Baldwin, Peter Shaver, Thomas DALTON and other radicals. (1)

Also in 1828 DALTON founded the Patriot and Farmer’s Monitor, later becoming simply the Patriot. His political leanings began to slowly change, possibly in tune with the Patriot’s motto Common Sense, although some would disagree.

In 1828 he became the printer for the Catholic the official Roman Catholic weekly, but by 1829 he was granted the right to speak for the Church of England and the printing contract was terminated. He rapidly became a sworn enemy of American Methodists, concerned with the adverse influence of American Democracy (“rule by mob”) on Canada, and felt that the perpetuation of the French language was a bitter curse on Canada.

All these concerns seemed to mute his rabid, radical anti-Toryism, and although still a reformer, his writings seemed to be directed to the Loyalists in the community. He now supported allegiance to the Crown, a respect for British tradition, and some thought he went as far as being an apologist for the Family Compact. The Family Compact - Dicken’s referred to it as “rabid Toryism” -wielded the real political power in Canada and many other parts of the empire at that time. This Tory dominated, wealthy, Anglican, conservative, usually British born, oligarchy dominated the executive and legislative councils and had been, ironically, responsible for the Bank Act that had ruined DALTON a few years earlier!! Politics makes strange bedfellows.

In 1832 DALTON moved the Patriot to York (now Toronto) to be closer to the political scene. He died there on October 26, 1840 after suffering a second stroke in 6 months. Aware of the passage of the Act of Union in July of that year, he failed to see the proclamation of that union of Upper and Lower Canada into the Province of Canada in February 1841.

DALTON’s obituaries (2) reflect his eventual political philosophy:

“...assuredly one of the ablest and most strenuous supporters of conservative principles the provincial press has exhibited.” Cobourg Star

One “...whose loss is truly to be deplored by every loyal British subject.”
Cobourg Star

“ Englishman in heart and mind as well as by birth.”
Toronto Commercial Herald

A modern historian, Sidney Francis Wise, maintains that DALTON “had an importance in forming the conservative consciousness in Upper Canada that has never been apparent”. (2)

After his death, his widow Sophia Simms DALTON retained control of the newspaper with the same political philosophy and “...maintenance of the British connection and the rendering of this fair the richest and brightest shire in the broad bounds of ‘Merry England’.” (3)

The family connection with the Patriot terminated when it was sold in 1848. Sophia Simms DALTON died on June 14, 1859 having become Toronto’s first female newspaper publisher. DALTON Road in Toronto is named in honour of the family.


1. Political Unrest in Upper Canada 1815-1836, Dunham, Aileen, Greenwood Press, Westport CT, USA, 1927.

2. Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol. VII, 1836-1850, Brown, GW; Hayne, DM; Halpenny, FG; Cook, R., 1966. DALTON, Thomas, pp228-231.

3., accessed 5/16/08 (unavailable 24/07/2008 - Editor).

4. Source: W. Stewart Wallace, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. II, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948.

5. Settlement of Upper Canada, Canniff, William, with a new introduction by Donald Swainson. Originally published 1869, facsimile edition 1971, Mika Silk Screening Ltd, Belleville, Ontario.

John Dalton

The editor of the DGS Journal, John Dalton, has written that Volume 48 was sent to the printer in June and you will be receiving your copy at anytime.

A number of DGS members and friends have submitted stories of their ancestors from Canada, England, Ireland and the U. S. John welcomes your contributions and photos. It is amazing how many people learned of a mutual relative from the text.

Contact John at: If you are not receiving a Journal, please go to the Membership/Entitlements page, contact your local secretary and submit your membership to the DGS.

June 2008
Letter from the Chairman 2
Births, Marriages and Deaths 4
Births 4
Marriages 4
Deaths 4
Obituary of Christopher John Neale Dalton by Matthew Saunders 6
Family History Events in 2008 7
Miscellaneous Notes and Queries 8
    M. N. & Q. 48.1 Dalton Family in New Zealand 8
    M. N. & Q. 48.2 Daltons in Hampshire 9
Marriages at the Fleet Prison, London 9
Dalton Extracts from the Index to Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810 extracted by Ciaran Dalton 10
Dalton Records - Extracts from the Irish Genealogist Journal by Ciaran Dalton 12
A Dalton Family in Canada by Martin Griffiths 14
The Daltons of Glenlea Townland, Ballyheigue Parish, Co. Kerry, Ireland by William Michael Dalton of Portland, Oregon 24
The Dalton Adding Machine by Carolyn Dalton Bach 28
News from America by Millicent V. Craig, our American Secretary 37
Notes from Australia by Maureen Collins 38
New Members 41
Change of Address 44
Correction 44

Extracts from the Brooklyn Eagle, 1877

From Theckla Ledyard, Washington state, USA

11th January - News from 47th Regiment – Expelled: Drummer J W Dalton for general neglect of duty.

12th January - from Albany, NY, Mr Kennedy introduced a bill to release to William Duncan, the right, title and interest of the People of the State of NY in and to certain real estate of which Thomas Dalton died seized.

29th January - Tenth Ward Jno. Dalton 2,990.

30th January - Corporation Notices – Dept. of City Works, City Hall Brooklyn, 22nd January 1877. Proposals were publically opened for cleaning streets, removing the dirt, ashes, etc for February to December.

21st February - Mention of executors for Michael Dalton, deceased, Court of King Co., Brooklyn.

4th March - The trials and tribulations of certain members of the 47th Regiment, treating boys to beer, promising them positions, agreeing not to fine them and finally locking them up in Raymond St jail. Among the boys was David Dalton who was told he would be put on cars. The 47th Regiment is being investigated for this improper recruitment.

8th April - Mr Henry Dalton will take the role of Armond in Camille, opening at the Lyceum Theatre NY.

26th April - Died – James Dalton, Wednesday 26th September, age 1ye. 9 mos. 16 days. Funeral from his parents’ residence at 303 or 308 Kent Ave, Brooklyn.

18th May - Yesterday, William Dalton found a brown team of horses roaming astray in the 14th Ward. He stabled them on North Sixth between 7th and 8th Streets. Owner can have them by calling.

27th May - Commencement Exercises of St Joseph’s Academy – P H Dalton played a violin piece and later had a part in a play.

4th June - Michael Dalton offers 3.65 per running foot for grading and paving Park Ave from Clinton to Waverly.

15th August - Patrick Leamey Assoc. Annual Picnic – Prominent among guests were Miss M Dalton, Miss Sallie Dalton, J Dalton and Miss Delia Lee.

10th September - Court of Sessions King Co. – Nicholas Dalton is impaneled on the September Grand Jury.

14th September - Patrick Dalton is listed as a Democrat in Tenth Ward, Tenth Dist.

An Interesting Snippet

From Howard Dalton, Yorkshire

At the County Record Office, Northallerton there is an exhibition in the Foyer regarding Slavery. “Mention is made of John Dalton who returned from Military Service overseas with a Black Servant named York”.

This would be John of Sleningford who returned to Yorkshire in 1754 from the Far East, and was famous for the defence of Trichinopoly.

Millicent has been unable to make her usual contribution this month but will be back in September. She sends her best regards to everyone and hopes that those who attend the Gathering in Birr, Co. Offlay, Ireland have a memorable time. She is sorry that she is unable to attend in person.

Thank you to all who have contributed to the August 2008 issue of “Daltons in History”. I am still hoping we can have some information, which I can include in one of our future issues, about the Scottish Daltons.

We would like to hear from people who attended the Gathering in Birr, Co. Offlay with their comments, etc.

Please continue to send to me any ideas for future articles and also keep looking for any information to include in the Dalton Strays section.

Contributions for the September issue need to be with me no later than August 25th 2008. (e-mail: