The Devil’s Daughter and Me 

It turns out I’m descended from the Devil which explains why I’ve always been a bit of a maverick. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself anyway! 
Having discovered my own family history, it’s been very enlightening to find out that I’m in very good company. Allow me to show you the underside of Victorian respectability through the eyes of some of my ancestors who had a devilish streak.  
There’s Aaron who broke with his religion and his community to be with the woman he loved. And Caroline whose passions for a dashing Parisian left her in total disgrace. Then we’ll travel to Mexico City in 1596 and see what the Inquisitors make of my non-conforming ancestors there. And finally, we’ll meet Melusine herself… 
Edith Da Costa is my great-great-great grandmother and this photo was taken in Brighton in 1869... 

Finding My Grandad’s Global Family 

When, at the age of 24, I discovered that my grandad had had four children with three different women over a period of 40 years, I felt a mission coming on! 
I had always known my dad and had heard about Uncle Bob, but the other two were a complete mystery to me. 
Without even knowing their names, I embarked on a seemingly impossible quest to trace them and their descendants, a quest that took me to the other side of the world: a world in which fact is stranger than fiction... 
This photo of my grandad, Robert Nicholls, was taken in the early 1900s. 
Here is a list of some of the groups I have given a talk to over the last few years: 
Newent and District U3A, Gloucestershire 
Uckington WI, Gloucestershire 
New Milton U3A, Hampshire 
Brimscombe and Thrupp WI, Gloucestershire 
Chelmsford U3A Family History Group, Essex 
Cricklade Probus Group, Wiltshire 
Nailsworth WI, Gloucestershire 
Crewe and Nantwich U3A, Cheshire 
Southfield WI, Gloucestershire 
Bury St Edmunds Probus Club, Suffolk 
The Shires WI, Gloucestershire 
Worcester Probus Club, Worcestershire 
Chepstow U3A Family History Group, Gwent 
Castlegate WI, Gloucestershire 
Gloucester U3A, Gloucestershire 
Mayflower, Gloucestershire 
Burford Rotary Club, Oxfordshire 
Oxford Women in Fellowship, Oxfordshire 
Whitestone Beer and Wine Club, Warwickshire 
Charlton Kings WI, Gloucestershire 
Glevum WI, Gloucestershire 
Hucclecote Wednesday Club, Gloucestershire 
Avening WI, Gloucestershire 
Chipping Norton Probus, Gloucestershire 
Stratton Court Care Home, Gloucestershire 
Richmond Villages Painswick, Gloucestershire 
Devon Family History Society, Devon 
Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, Gloucestershire 
The Odd Fellows – Leeds Branch, West Yorkshire 
I am also a Rest Less speaker. 
Ben Nicholls 
My talks last about 45 minutes and I charge £75 plus reasonable travel expenses. 

To book me as a speaker for your group, please click on the link below and contact me through my page on the Public Speakers Corner website. 

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