Many years ago I traced my mom’s ancestry back to the 12th century, to a town called Redesdale, UK, and to the Sherriff of Redesdale. Interesting! I also discovered a tangle of intrigue and politics – three castles in Northumberland, and one of them (Prudhoe) full of Scottish, English, French intermarrying. Fascinating! These folks led to one of my grandmothers, Pear Emmaline – a quiet lady who preferred the company of her garden….