Time

In the relentless busyness of modern life, we have lost the rhythm between work and rest,” writes Wayne Muller in Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest. Millennia ago, the tradition of Sabbath created an oasis of sacred time within a life of unceasing labor. This consecrated time, Muller affirms, is available to all of us,… Continue reading Time

Did King Arthur Live at Raglan Castle?

King Arthur (in Welsh: Brenin Arthur) was a legendary British leader who, according to medieval histories and romances, led the defense of Britain against Saxon invaders in the late 5th and early 6th centuries. The details of Arthur's story are mainly composed of Welsh and English folklore and literary invention. The sparse historical background of Arthur is gleaned from various… Continue reading Did King Arthur Live at Raglan Castle?

Tartans & Kilts

A kilt ( in Scottish Gaelic: fèileadh [ˈfeːləɣ]; and in Irish: féileadh) is a type of knee-length men’s dress skirt with pleats at the back, originating in the traditional dress of Gaelic men and boys in the Scottish Highlands. It is first recorded in the 16th century as the great kilt, a full-length garment whose upper half could be worn as a cloak. The small kilt or modern kilt emerged… Continue reading Tartans & Kilts

The Beginning of the Ragland Tree

For Raglands and those researching the roots of the Ragland clan, the farthest back I've heard of is to Adam of Usk. So who the heck is he? County of Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy in Welsh) Adam of Usk was a Welsh priest, a canonist, late medieval historian, and chronicler. His writings were hostile towards King Richard II of… Continue reading The Beginning of the Ragland Tree

Ragland Castle & Tea

If you're thinking—or hoping—the Ragland Castle is now open for high tea, I'm sorry to say that isn't the case. However, you can have tea in a china cup featuring the Ragland Castle. About the Ragland Castle China The Ragland Castle was one of many castles in a china pattern made by the Johnson Brothers.… Continue reading Ragland Castle & Tea

A Confederate Soldier

By Sam Cook A Ragland descendant My name is Sam Cook. Based on the research and writings of my cousin, Charles J. Ragland, Jr., He wrote The Raglands: The History of a British-American Family, Volumes One & Two. The following piece comes from information found in Volume 1. The books were published in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in… Continue reading A Confederate Soldier