|Chris Spurr photographs Jean Manthorne, Richard Holmes, Heather Rojo and Mark Wilson|
in Derry, New Hampshire's Forest Hill Cemetery
In August the BBC Radio Ulster team of Chris Spurr and Mark Wilson came to Derry, New Hampshire to search for and record stories about the early history of Nutfield. They were looking for evidence of the original Scots Irish culture in New Hampshire, and found a plethora of history and tales when they interviewed Richard Holmes, the Derry Town Historian; Heather Rojo, the President of the Londonderry Historical Society; Jean Manthorne, the President of the Windham Historical Society and also Brad Dinsmore, local historian and a descendant of Robert Dinsmoor, “The Rustic Bard”.
|Why is Derry Town Historian, Richard Holmes, lying on the ground|
to read a gravestone? Tune into the radio show to find out more!
On Sunday, November 3rd, the radio show “Kist O’ Wurds” will highlight stories from Heather Rojo and Richard Holmes, discussing the original Ulster Scots who settled Nutfield, which became Derry, Londonderry and Windham, New Hampshire. This band of settlers was led by the Reverend James MacGregor, a Presbyterian pastor from Aghadowey, Northern Ireland, in 1718. The program will air on the BBC on air at 11am and be available for listening on the website for one week afterwards at this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007d4s0
On November 17th a second episode of the radio show will air and focus on the history of Robert Dinsmoor (1757 – 1828), “The Rustic Bard” of Windham, New Hampshire. Brad Dinsmore and Jean Manthorne will be featured, and you will hear excerpts of Dinsmoor’s poems read by his descendant. There was much discussion of the poet’s use of the Scots dialect and language in his writing, and I hope this made it into the radio show. You will be able to listen to this episode on line for one week after it airs on the BBC radio, until Sunday November 10th, see the link above.
After visiting Derry, New Hampshire Spurr and Wilson went on to visit the Highland Games at Loon Mountain, an Ulster Scots archaeological dig in Maine, and a Scots Irish festival in Pennsylvania. These adventures will also be episodes of “Kist O’ Wurds” and available on the website, too. "A Kist O' Wurds" has been running on BBC Radio Ulster since 2002, and features music, poetry, history, culture and the Scots Irish language.
“A Kist O’ Wurds” Radio Program website http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007d4s0
Thank you to Joan Normington of the Windham Historical Society for the top photo on this page!
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