We remain connected
By microscopic strands of history and of DNA:
Entangled by our narratives, by now partly fiction,
Embellishments from our imaginings
Of the way things
The email thread below was initiated by Eric Roche, son of Inga and Tony of Australia who reported a reference to a Dr. Girvan of Ayrshire, Scotland, who in 1715 traveled from St. Petersburg to Peking. We can not presume to claim this Dr. Girvan as our own since the town of Girvan must have spun off a considerable number of people carrying the tribal name of the place of their origin. A bit of perspective is shown below from an article, Girvan-A work in Progress, by Peter Mclean in Zakta Guide.
People have been living in the Girvan valley for thousands of years. The oldest officially discovered sign of habitation within Girvan is dated between 3300 – 2500 B.C.,.that is between 5,300 – 4500 years ago. Two Cinerary corded burial urns (dated between 3300 B.C. and 2500 B.C.), excavated in 1961 and containing the remains of a female, an adolescent and an infant, are the oldest artifacts that have been found in Girvan. In 1861 a Collared urn was found near the above site.
To put some historical perspectives on the travelogue from which Eric got the reference, Dr. Girvan made his international diplomatic mission 115 years before John Girvan and his brothers Thomas and William came to Jamaica to sow, or dare I say scatter, the seeds for several generations of beautiful people among whom you can count yourself. The year 1715 from a broader European historical perspective is the year of the death of The Sun King, Louis XIV of France after a reign of 72 years! (Eat your heart out Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain!)
Does the name Dr. Girvan and the function of diplomatic representation in international affairs ring a bell for you as it does for me? Ah, our irrepressibly peripatetic, perennially recurrent Norman!!!
The email thread below starts with Jasmine in Trinidad.
just forwarding this from Tony and Inga in Australia.
Hope you are both fine.
I am preparing for an exhibition here in November . I will send pics.
Sending lots of love ,
On Sunday, October 2, 2016 8:38 PM, Tony Morphett wrote:
How are you and how are Alexander and Alatashe? We’re battling on, but as they say, old age is not for sissies.
The email below came in from our son Eric. It concerns a Dr Girvan from Ayr who was traveling from St Petersburg to Peking in 1715. Ayrshire being the ancestral home of the Girvans, there’s almost certainly a connection. Anyway, we thought Gary Girvan who did the Girvanopaedia might be interested, but we don’t have his email address. If you have perhaps you could forward this to him.
Inga sends her love and so do I. (She’s so busy that she doesn’t spend time on line any more, so any correspondence should be sent via me.)
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From: Eric Roche
Sent: Saturday, 24 September 2016 1:56 PM
To: ‘Tony Morphett’
Tony – Thanks!
As it happens I’ve just started reading travelogue: “A Journey from St Petersburg to Pekin 1719-22” by a Scots doctor by name of John Bell. It’s available online in PDF in two volumes.
Inga may be interested since I just now read this bit on p12 of v1:
“On the 10th of August , my friends, Messieurs Lange and Girvan, arrived here on their way to China, on a message from the Czar [Peter the Great] to the Emperor of China. The first was a Swede, and the other a physician, from the county of Ayr in Scotland.”
This was in Moscow.
So there you go another Girvan for the Girvanopedia! I can’t see a first name as it is only a passing reference, but a Dr Girvan from the county of Ayr just about has to be a distant relative.