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* Grahame Kean*

Updated August 19, 2002

Researching the following surnames:

KEAN/CAIN/KANE, McILROY, Lanark, Lanarkshire,
McKNIGHT, Carlisle, Cumbria (and pre 1714 in Rockcliffe, Cumbria)
SANDELL, Amesbury, Wiltshire
HAYLOCK, Ely, Cambrisgeshire

I am researching my paternal grandfather's line from Lanark, Lanarkshire. Richard Kean was born about 1825 in Lanark, son of CHARLES KEAN/CAIN and Martha DOWNIE. Martha Downie's parents were from Lanark area but no further record of Charles.

Also researching HAMILTON McILROY in Lanark or environs and after 1911 in Victoria BC (married MARIA KEAN).

See Reports Section for fuller history of Descendants of Charles Kean and Joseph Sandell


Grahame Jonathan Kean

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Family Photos

  • St Mary's Church, Ely (40 KB)
    The church stands close to the west of the Cathedral and Oliver Cromwell's house. On the south wall of the tower is a tablet recording the names of five men who were executed for robbery during the Littleport Riots in 1816. William Haylock and Sarah Attlesey were married here in 1827 and their son William Attlesey was christened a year or so later. For more information on Ely go to
  • Gold Hill Shaftesbury Dorset (24 KB)
    More famous now for the Hovis adverts, my great great grandfather, Charles Biddiscombe was living here with his family in 1881 when he was working as a stonemason
  • New Lanark Mills (27 KB)
    These are the New Lanark Mills close to where the Kean family lived and worked throughout the nineteenth century.
  • New Lanark (221 KB)
    New Lanark Mills is a water powered cotton manufacturing settlement which was established in 1785 and largely completed by 1820. It became famous as a model community under the enlightened management of social pioneer Robert Owen, 1800-1825. The cotton mills continued in production until 1968.
  • Parish Church of Amesbury Wiltshire (14 KB)
    Amesbury Parish Church has seen several christenings, marriages and burials in the Sandell family over the last two hundred years
  • Alpha Jetty, Victoria BC (91 KB)
    "ALPHA" Jetty was built in 1850s on the site of the original wharf. This area was open water and the ships were at anchor in the harbour. Hamilton and Maria Kean lived at 552 Alpha Street nearby.
  • Chapel of Merton College Oxford (21 KB)
    Formerly the parish church of St John this is where my great great grandparents Thomas Sandell and Letitia Flower married on 29 September 1860
  • Parys Mine, Anglesey (70 KB)
    A painting made around 1854 by Warrington Smythe, an Inspector of Mines. It is of the Great Open Cast pit of the Parys Mine as viewed from the north east. 71kb
  • Victoria British Columbia (9 KB)
    Maria Kean emigrated to Canada in the early 1900's with her husband, Hamilton McIlroy. Although both from Lanark, Scotland they lived here until Hamilton died on 3 September 1952 and Maria on 4 February 1960. It seem they had a daughter, also named Maria, who died a child in 1928
  • Gun Battery, Orkney, Scotland (82 KB)
    My grandfather James Kean was stationed in the Orkney and Shetland Islands in World War II, with the Royal Engineers, Laing's Construction Company
  • Grenadier Guards (22 KB)
    A battalion of the Guards taken c1864. In December 1863 Sargeant Major William Attlesey Haylock was en route to Canada.
  • Stobhill Hospital in 1915 (59 KB)
    William Kean was invalided out of the Royal Engineers in May 1916, initially to Stobhill Glasgow. On discharge he lived at 11 Falfield Place Glasgow.
  • Impresssion of Soham in 1548 (14 KB)
    An important event in the history of Soham was the Decree of the Court of Exchequer made in the Easter Term of 1686. This followed a dispute over commons and involved the Lord of the Manor of the time, Sir Thomas Chicheley. For more information go to
  • Engraving of Soham Mere in 1700's (13 KB)
    This engraving, by CJ Beck, illustrates the scene which would have been enjoyed by successive Attleseys and their families during this period: Edward and Ann (m 1727); John and Sarah (m 1765); and Edward and Margaret (m 1804)
  • St Andrews Church, Soham in about 1700 (20 KB)
    This etching of St. Andrew's Church, dating from about 1700, clearly shows what we know to be the Towne House on the right of the picture. A man can be seen sitting on the stocks in the bottom left of the picture. My 7x ggrandparents, Edward Attlesey and Penelope Peachey were married in Soham in 1691.

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