Series Information: CUMBRIAN

To date there are only two books and one booklet in this series. They are based on information held in the private archive at Dalemain house near Penrith.

Elizabeth Rainbow's Herbal Remedies

During the second half of the seventeenth century, Elizabeth Rainbow, wife of the Bishop of Carlisle, collected recipes for herbal remedies, transcribing them into a large book. This booklet considers the sources used by Elizabeth Rainbow when collecting together her herbal remedies. The ailments that could be treated with these recipes and the types of treatments involved are summarised before a selection of the remedies is described and illustrated, using John Gerard's Herbal. Over 320 plants and plant products mentioned in Elizabeth's herbal remedies are listed in an Appendix.


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ISBN 978 1 897725 27 6
A5 32pp paperback


Elizabeth Rainbow and her Herbal Remedies are the subject of an exhibition in the Gardening and Countryside Museum at Dalemain. See Exhibitions 2008

Two thousand five hundred Cumberland and Westmorland Folk appearing in the stewards' accounts at Dalemain between 1739 and 1794

This book was inspired by the comment: 'people don't want to hear about toffs but the working man'. What a challenge! Was it possible to use the stewards' accounts in the archive at Dalemain to repopulate parts of Cumberland and Westmorland in the eighteenth century? Would the result simply be a gazetteer of names or was there information available in the accounts that would give some idea of their lifestyles as well? What would be the final number of identifiable people?

This book is divided into six sections: the Stewards and their Accounts; the Manors and Other Properties; the Labourers; the Professionals, Suppliers and Tradespeople; the Household Staff and the Creditors. For those readers not purely on the ancestor hunt but interested in the local history of the area and the lifestyles of the eighteenth century, if you enjoy this book then all the hours of work necessary to produce it will have been worthwhile.


ISBN 978 1 897725 30 6
A4 256pp hardback


The Hasells of Dalemain: A Cumberland Family 1736-1794

Williams, Edward, Christopher and John were the four sons of Edward and Julia Hasell of Dalemain, near Penrith. All were born in Cumberland but their lives were very different. From 1755 to 1758 Williams, the heir, attended Corpus Christi College, Oxford, without graduating. He then returned to Cumberland, where he occupied his time as a gentleman farmer and sportsman, owning a string of horses and a pack of hounds. He married Mary Gaskarth of Penrith in 1774 but died, childless, in 1786. Edward and Christopher sought their fortunes as merchants in Rotterdam and Liverpool, respectively. Edward was successful and returned to England a wealthy man but Christopher was 'unfortunate' in every venture he chose to undertake. John went to sea, eventually becoming the captain of East India Company vessels. This career ended somewhat abruptly and he spent time in both England and Wales before returning to India, where he died. Christopher was the first of the Hasell children to marry - and the first to die, leaving a widow, Elizabeth, and three children. For the next 21 years his brother Edward, a confirmed bachelor, acted as their guardian and adviser.

There were also three sisters. Julia married Richard Houghton and lived in Liverpool until she became a widow, when she moved to Bath with her son Edward, away from the direct view of the family. William Salmond of Antigua married Jane. They spent part of their time in Cumberland, at Sizergh Castle and in Carlisle, before going out to the Salmond estates in the West Indies. When she was widowed, Jane and her children lived with her spinster sister, Mary, in York.

The detailed story of this generation of Hasells, from the birth of Williams in 1736 to the death of Edward in 1794, is reconstructed from the contemporary family letters and accounts and from the business papers of Christopher and his son, Ned. The result is a vivid tale of an eighteenth century Cumberland family, which is of interest to both the local historian and the general reader.


ISBN 978 1 897725 17 7
A4 256pp hardback