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Metcalfe - History of the Clan

"If you have a family link in Yorkshire, there will be a Metcalfe in your past somewhere" . . . . or so the saying goes!


So what is in a name?
Well, about 800 years when it comes to the Metcalfes.   The Metcalfe Society are very proud of the book   ‘Metcalfe-History of the Clan’ ......


“Brings one of Yorkshire’s best known families to life ... and paints a picture of social life in the Yorkshire Dales.”  
- The Dalesman


“An absolute gem of a book. A masterpiece ... enabling it to stand the test of time and become a precious heirloom.”  
- The Guild of One Name Studies


"The life & exciting times of the Metcalfe clan"
- Darlington & Stockton Times


‘Metcalfe - History of the Clan’   was published by The Metcalfe Society to mark the year 2000 millennium. This A4 hardback publication containing 252 pages, is a limited edition and exclusively available from The Metcalfe Society to members and non-members.  

It is not too much to claim that a complete history of the Metcalfes at home and abroad would be a microcosm of English history in general. "Metcalfe - History of the Clan" aims at nothing so ambitious, but attempts to put the early development of this large and diverse family into a clear historical context, drawing chiefly upon two very rare books about the Metcalfes, published privately many years ago.

Additional sections deal with the etymology of the name Metcalfe, the family origins in the North Yorkshire towns and dales of the late 12th century, the Metcalfe coat of arms, and brief accounts of the lives and occupations of earlier Metcalfes contributed by members of The Metcalfe Society, that give some idea of the character and diversity of the past.   The family trees of no less than 70 branches associated with current members of the society are included to help readers who wish to pursue research further.  


Through this book, Yorkshire's best known family comes to life.
Obviously, the book will be a must for those people who find the name, Metcalfe, somewhere in their family tree - and especially as a present to family members.   In addition, those with an interest in the Dales, Yorkshire, social history and family history in general will find this book highly appealing. This appeal is certainly enhanced by the high quality of both content and presentation, with plenty of colour photographs, maps and other illustrations to enrich and support the text.   There have been just two editions of the book.  


What are the differences between the first edition and the second edition?  
* An additional 4 pages containing an index  
* Minor corrections  
* There are no changes to the presentation, size, format, scope or overall content of the book.  
Purchasers of the first edition can order the index and minor corrections free of charge by sending an e-mail to The Metcalfe Store coordinator (see   Contacts).  

An ideal Christmas or Birthday present or just treat yourself ....   ‘Metcalfe - History of the Clan’ is available to order now


Now, in 2023, a stocks of the hard copy are running down, we are delighted to offer an electronic version of the volume for you to download to purchase through the Shop, an ideal way to access the information and dip in and out of what is a large volume. It is identical to the 2nd edition, but available direct to your computer without the postage and packing costs.  

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