My interest in family history intensified with the birth of my children several years ago, and have gone in search of my Hession relatives simply because it is them I know least about. And still there are some more romantic reasons, the name O hOisin links the family in the imagination  to a mythic celtic past, and then there are the half-remembered (and less believed) stories of Protesant bishops and bicycle riding folklorists that need to be verified. It started with a page on Facebook, and some vague ambitions – to trace back as far as possible, to identify the origin of the name, to find some characters, to find a Hession in every generation and link them to the events of the time, to understand more about my immediate ancestors. This remains a work in progress, and while it is quite a specialist project I hope, through these Hessions, to find something of more general interest.


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