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Origin of the name ‘Sutcliffe’

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Sutcliffe family crest

Sutcliffe family crest

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name was originally spelled Cartcliff, later becoming Skatcliffe, late Scaytcliffe, later Scaitliffe, later Scaytcliffe, later Skaitcliff, and later particularly when the branches included Yorkshire, Sutcliffe. From about 1470 the Crossleys acquired Skatclyffe Hall in the parish of Rochdale in Lancashire, and continued a series of intermarriages with their cousins in Yorkshire.

The name Sutcliffe is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the area known as Sutcliffe which had three locations in the county of Yorkshire. The surname Sutcliffe is a habitation name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area. In the Middle Ages people often assumed the name of the place that they originally lived as their surname during the course of travel. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English words sùd meaning south and clif meaning slope or cliff. Therefore the original bearers of the name were referred to as the dwellers by the south cliffs.

Peter Sutcliffe was born in Bingley, West Yorkshire. The name ‘Peter’ means ‘rock’ from Latin ‘petra’ and Greek ‘petros’.

‘Rock of South Cliff’.

Peter Sutcliffe of Yorkshire may not be related to the Yorkshire Sutcliffe family.  James Savile of Leeds may not be related to the Leeds Savile family.

Sutcliffe family crest

Sutcliffe family crest

http://www.houseofnames.com/sutcliffe-family-crest

The Wizard Earl and the Gunpowder plot

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Gunpowder plot

Conspiracies do exist: Thomas Percy, ‘right hand man’ to Guy Fawkes

Henry Percy, the 9th or ‘Wizard’ Earl of Northumberland led an extraordinary life of a true Renaissance nobleman, despite his deafness and 15 years as a prisoner. He was a great scholar, became the patron of the English astronomer Thomas Harriot, the first man to map the surface of the moon before Galileo and earned his nickname ‘Wizard’ by experimenting in alchemy. He was a friend of Sir Walter Raleigh and their interest in the New World led them to consume great quantities of tobacco and potatoes.

But it was on 4 November 1605, that the Earl’s fortunes declined literally overnight! A distant cousin, Thomas Percy, who was a staunch Roman Catholic, dined with the Earl at Syon before joining Guy Fawkes and his accomplices the next day, in the attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. As one of the principal ‘gunpowder plotters’, Thomas was shot trying to make his escape. Although innocent of the charges brought against him, the Earl was implicated through his association with Thomas and the fateful meeting at Syon. He was confined in the Tower of London for the next 15 years on the orders of King James I.

The 9th Earl’s youngest brother George Percy, was one of the original settlers who sailed to Viginia and founded Jamestown in 1607.  George played a significant role during the early years of the settlement, acting as governor for a short period, when much hardship was experienced.  He returned to England in 1612.

Wizard Earl: Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland

Wizard Earl: Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland

Syon House

Syon House

http://www.syonpark.co.uk/history.asp

Bernard Hogan-Howe on Jimmy Savile

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Bernard Hogan Howe

Bernard Hogan Howe

Far from wanting to reveal that the police have been powerless in the intervention and smashing of an alleged international pedophile ring, which Jimmy Savile may have been part of, Bernard Hogan-Howe instead is trying to project the story that the police neither knew, or suspected Savile of this crime, contrary to the belief of many specialist investigators, who feel that they have been actively prevented from exposing it. Has he been asked to step in and ‘normalise’ the situation, by repeating the politicians’ stance that no such thing does, or ever did exist?

‘Mr Hogan-Howe told reporters: “You might have thought that people would at least have talked about it and intervened.

“It does look as if from time to time people have been concerned, they’ve made the start to intervene, but probably then they’ve relied a little bit too much on his reputation and his word that he did nothing.

“If you accept all the public accounts of the activity then it’s possibly spanned 50 years which is a huge amount of time.’

50 years is indeed a huge amount of time, for the crime to both be perpetrated, and for the police to claim to have no knowledge of someone who was, it seems, a prolific and at times blatant sex offender.

taken from –

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/9641117/Jimmy-Savile-Agencies-could-have-spotted-pattern-of-behaviour-police-chief-admits.html

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