The Harland diaspora
That detail is followed by the royal Coat of Arms and the printer’s information:-

Printed by A. Rhames; for Eliphal Dobson, at The Stationers Arms in Castle Street, And William Binauld, at the Bible in Eustace Street.  MDCCXIV      

In this older volume, only one page to the left side had been left blank.

The Old Testament ends on the preceding page with “The end of the Apocrypha”. It is on this single page that many early details of the Harland family were hand-written. The very first entry, now almost defaced reads “Alice, daughter of Thomas Wray of Ormskirk (Lancashire) baptized November 22nd 1670”. This is intriguing because any further link with that family name is completely lost.

The second bible is a much more substantial affair. Oxford University Press published it in MDCLXXVIII (1878). It was a wedding present to Emma Harland nee Wells (1853, m.1880). The family notes were also recorded, from then on, on several pages provided specially between the Old and New Testaments. Lilla Harland (1889) wrote the great majority of these notes by hand.

Read more about the activity of one particularly keen family genealogist.
Family Bibles


The older of the two family bibles has been in existence for nearly 300 years - published 1714. When the volume is opened two thirds of the way through its very worn, stained and unnumbered pages there is a frontispiece, on the right-hand side.


The New Testament,

of our

Lord and Saviour


Newly Translated out of the Original Greek,

And with the former


Diligently Compared and Revised.

By his Majesties Special Command.

Appointed to be Read in CHURCHES”.