Updated 6th Dec 2015

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News & Notices

Important Announcement

It is with great regret that the Committee have decided to wind up the Society at the recent AGM. This is largely due to an aging and declining membership and lack of younger members.

The website may well continue in a revised form as an archive with a number of new resources added but a decision regarding this has not been taken yet. More news re this will follow in due course.

Posted 17th Nov 2016.

Anthony Adolph

Two new books by Anthony Adolph added to the Publications page here.

Posted 6th Dec 2015

Fairfax DNA Project

New DNA scheme page added here

Posted 29th Oct 2015

Society Annual AGM 2014 - Thursday 25th Sept to Sunday 28th Sept 2014

The Society 2014 AGM will be held in York on the Sat 27th Sept at 2:30 pm at the Lady Anne Middleton’s Hotel, Cromwell Rd York. There will be a formal dinner in the evening at the hotel at 6:30pm for 7:00pm. Rooms will be available from 3:00 pm Thurs the 25th Sept and must be vacated by the Sunday morning 10:00 am.

Members should have received a booking form with full details and cost etc. If not contact the Secretary who will send one on.  Posted 6th April 2014


Died peacefully on 7th November aged 86.

I have only known Norman in the later years of his life, but they have been memorable ones. In fact it was my wife Judy who first met Norman when he visited Fairfax House in York in 1996, at which time we were its resident custodians. I quickly got in touch with him, delighted to find that there was a real Fairfax I could contact to help me in my struggles to find out more about the family so that I could answer the many questions asked by our visitors.

Naturally, the existence of the recently formed Fairfax Society was made known to me and I joined it immediately. This soon led to surprising results for me, but first Norman took over the Chairmanship of the society in 1999 at a time when it was experiencing serious administrative and financial difficulties. Under his leadership, and thanks to the indefatigable efforts of Cynthia Bunch who had succeeded Norman as Secretary, the fortunes of the society underwent a transformation for the better which happily continues to the present day.

Norman's unrivalled knowledge and enthusiasm for research into the history of his illustrious family made him the natural person to take on the job of Research Co-ordinator for the society. Over the years he has brought to light a massive amount of information, some modest part of which has been disseminated in articles by Norman with enviable regularity in almost every issue of the society journal.

It must be left to others who knew him better to tell us more about his distinguished career, but for me it has been a great privilege and pleasure to have known and worked with him in that final phase of his life's work. His passing is a great loss to the Fairfax Society and much more so to his family to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.”

Gerry Webb - Fairfax Society Chairman

Posted 24th November 2013.

The Society AGM is now less than a month away. It will take place at 2:30pm on the 22nd Sept in the Elizabethan Room ( 2nd Floor ) at the Civil Service Club 13/15 Great Scotland Yard London SW1A 2HJ. Will attendees please remember that the Secretary requires to know all those who are to attend at least 48 hours prior to the event. This is most important. If you are attending and have not confirmed to the Secretary please do so with the minimum of delay and certainly no later than 2 days before the event. E Mail the Secretary Cynthia Bunch or write or ring as per the details on the booking forms. - Posted 30th August 2012

The Society 2012 AGM will be held in London on 22nd Sept 2012 at the Civil Service Club Great Scotland Yard. There will be a lunch beforehand. The Committee hopes Members will be able to attend, particularly those who have not been able to attend the residential weekends. Will Members who wish to attend please complete the booking slip the April 2012 Society Journal and send it to the Secretary. - Posted 21st April 2012.

2012 marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of Sir Thomas Fairfax, (Black Tom). A memorial service was held in Bilborough Church, last month with friends and family attending. In connection with this anniversary, one of our members, Dr Andrew Hopper, has organised a Two Day Conference at Marc Fitch House, University of Leicester (30 June-1 July) It which will offer insights into Sir Thomas Fairfax, the man, his many roles and his cultural interests. There will also be a visit to the site of the Battle of Naseby. (For booking please see the information sheet in the April 2012 Journal.) - Posted 21st April 2012.

Member, Anthony Adolph, a professional researcher who wrote about the Fairfax family connections to Prince William and Kate Middleton in our April 2011 Journal, has now written a book about the Suffolk landscape artist Perry Nursey (1771-1840) called 'Picturesque Perils: the rise and fall of Perry Nursey, a 19th century cousin of Princess Catherine. It is a small hardback A5 book, costing 40 incl. postage. It is a limited edition and includes a chapter on the Fairfaxes.

Please contact Anthony at his e mail - mail@anthonyadolph.co.uk - Posted 21st April 2012

Member John Rosenfield has just finished his second volume of the life of Sir Thomas Fairfax and his wife Anne Vere. It covers the years 1647-49. It has been published as an e-book and also as a paperback. See John Rosenfield's website www.spanglefish.com/fairfax Vol 2 has an ISBN number 978-0-9565055-1-4. He is offering copies to members at a sale price of 10. - Posted 21st April 2012

Latest Web Site Items.

AGM 2014 and 2015 Galleries - Posted 23rd Oct 2015

AGM 2012 Gallery - Posted 11th Oct 2012

Fairfax and Edgehill - Posted 6th June 2012

Kate Middleton and the Fairfaxes - Posted 29th April 2011.

Fairfax Who’s Who - Posted 8th April 2009

The Fairfax Notebooks - Posted 4th Feb 2008.



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