Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dear Member of the Macbean clan,

I got your email address from the Macbean clan website

I am doing family research. With this email I included my family tree
of my grandfather who is George a son of Charlie and Prescilla.
At the moment I got stuck at Samual Macbean.
I found birth certificates of other members in earlier
generations and I found Samuel Macbeans death cetificate. With this
certificate I found out he was buried in Dacca in Bengal and he was a
clerk. He was born in 1872. But I can't find his birth certificate, I
don't know if he was born in Scotland or not. I've already consulted
the British Library and saw all there registers of India.

Would it be possible to find something in the archive about history
closly related to the Macbean family. Do you have any suggestions were
I could find out more about Samuel Macbean. Would there be any
documentation about shipowners during that time?

Would it be possible to see if this person is related to the scottish
Macbean clan?

Hopefully you can reply to my email it would be very helpfull if I can
include more information for my MFA Photography project that is
related with this family research.

My graduation will be next month so hopefully you can let me know if
there will be a possibility to find something in a short amount of
time?

Best Wishes

Sarojini Lewis

Monday, March 21, 2011


Modern Macbean

Ancient Macbean


Clan MacBean Arrives On The Moon

The official records show that when Apollo 12 flew to the Moon, the crew was Pete Conrad, Dick Gordon, and Alan Bean. That's true...as far as it goes.
We also represented the hopes and dreams of the scientists and engineers who designed the rockets, spacecraft, and experiments. Our skilled instructors and flight controllers were there, too, as were our families and friends and all the American taxpayers who paid the bill. I found out later that as I stepped on the Moon on the morning of November 19, 1969, I represented my forefathers of the Clan MacBean.

The first mention of the Clan MacBean in Scottish history occurred about A.D. 1300. The word "Bean", at that time, meant "the lively one", and the "Mac" signified "the son of Bean". I think my mother would have agreed, when I was in my twos and threes, that she had a lively one.

The clan flourished in the Scottish highlands. John MacBean brought the clan to the new world, but not by choice. He was in the ranks, fighting for the Scottish King Charles II against Cromwell, the British dictator, at the Battle of Worcester. The Scots lost the battle and John MacBean was deported to Boston as a prisoner, arriving there on February 24, 1652.

John Bean (the ship's clerk had anglicized his name) was sold as an indentured servant to a sawmill operator in Exeter, New Hampshire. The boss's daughter quickly fell in love with him and, a short while later, they were married. Pete and Dick have laughed at this story and said, "The gift of great good luck was in the Bean genes even way back then."

Editor's note: A widely circulated story claims that Alan placed a piece of MacBean tartan on the Moon. We have the following from Alan, written on 30 April 2005: "As I remember it, I took Clan McBean Tartan to the moon and returned it to Earth. I did not leave any Clan McBean Tartan on the surface. I did, in fact, give a piece of the Tartan to the Clan McBean and also to the St. Bean Chapel in Scotland. And I've still got some of it in my possession. I did not, however leave any of it on the moon.

Thursday, March 17, 2011





ik las Edward W. Said, the road from oslo to iraq and the roadmap

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Dear Aunt Joyce

How are you? I hope you are doing well and you have a good health.
Almost two years ago we met in the Mother Teresa House in Calcutta.
I was very happy to meet you. I have never met my father’s father and
so it was a very special moment to meet you.

At the moment I am studying photography at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.
I brought the family tree you showed me in Calcutta to Scotland. I am
eager to learn more about this part of the family. I spent time
studying documents in the India office in the British Library and
found some documents including burial certificates and baptism
certificates.

The last document I found was about Samuel Macbean. In the family tree it shows that he is your grandfather. I cannot find anymore
information about older generations in the family tree. Samual Macbean
was buried in Dacca.
I would be very happy to find out more about his life. Was he the
person who emigrated form Scotland to India? Do you know his place of
birth and the date of his birth. The name Macbean facinates me. I
would like to find out who in the family tree was Scottish and were
they would be from in Scotland. I would like to photograph this place
in Scotland for my final Master project for the Art School.

I would be happy to know more about your family and the history of the
family tree. Would it be possible to write me about it?
I am also researching about my own grandfather George Samuel Lewis, I was wondering if you could write me about some memories that you have of him.

I really hope you can help me, it is so hard to find out something
without family who knows more about this history.
For me it is very important to know more about the past!
Hope you have the possibility to write me back,

With much love

Sarojini Lewis
9 Bellevue Street 2f2
Edinburgh EH7 4BX
Scotland
United Kingdom

Missionaries of Charity
54/A Lower Circular Road
Kolkata
700 016
India


Dear Sisters,

Please note my letter for Joyce Lewis who is my grandfather’s sister.
If she has the capability to read my letter please make sure that she receive this letter.

I send a similar letter about 7 months ago without any response.
My father and me both tried calling the Mother Teresa House to inform about her health and if she was able to receive my letter. There seem to be a wrong phone number on the Internet and we both tried calling several times.
I tried calling 0091-33-2217 2277 and the number on Internet 033- 245 22 77 are these both wrong phone numbers? I’m calling from the United Kingdom.

Please could you inform me about her health and how she is doing?
Hopefully you could inform me as well if she is able to write me back?

Since I have been waiting for almost a year for a response it is very important for me to know if the Missionaries of Charity will receive this letter.

Please respond to me as soon as possible as the information I am asking sister Joyce Lewis to send me is part of my graduation project from Edinburgh College of Art and without the information my graduation is not complete.

Hope to hear from you and thank you for your help,


Best Wishes ,


Sarojini Lewis

Sarojini Lewis
9 Bellevue Street 2f2
Edinburgh EH7 4BX
Scotland
United Kingdom

Monday, March 14, 2011

Army Personnel Centre
Mail Point 555
Kentigern House
65 Brown Street
Glascow G2 8EX


Date: 15th March 2011

D/APC/HD/ABLT/211842

Dear Mister Mc Ardli,

Recently I handed in my application regarding the historical documents of the army that concern my grandfather George Samuel Lewis.

Margaret Kinnie wrote me a letter that included the fact that family interest enquiries may take as long as nine to twelve months to complete due to the very high volume of welfare requests on behalf of former soldiers.

She advised me to write you a letter if I have any reasons for the process to be finished earlier than the amount of time that is mentioned by her.

I would kindly like to inform you about the importance of this matter to my academical research concerning my graduation at Edinburgh College of Art. Without this information my research will not be complete and I will have to graduate after receiving the documents. My graduation is planned to be presented this academical year in May.

I do understand that in some cases there is no information available, if this is the case I can state that in my academical research.

Hopefully the urgency of this matter is very clear and there would be a chance for me to receive these documents before the 22nd of April. I would be very delighted to graduate with the full information provided with the specific details included in these documents.

Yours truly,



Sarojini Lewis

9 Bellevue Street 2f2
EH7 4BX
Edinburgh
Scotland

Friday, March 11, 2011

March 9, 1997
Followers Struggle to Fill Mother Teresa's Sandals

By JOHN F. BURNS
CALCUTTA, India, March 5— Off an alleyway in the teeming heart of this city of 15 million people, a plain wooden board with simple white lettering hangs on the wall inside a discreet doorway. By means of a slide that can be adjusted by the nuns within, the board tells visitors what they mostly want to know.

''Mother Teresa: In,'' it says.

From the gray-washed building Calcuttans know simply as the ''Mother House,'' Mother Teresa has presided for decades over the Order of the Missionaries of Charity. The order has been judged by many to be the most successful Roman Catholic mission of the century, as well as one that has helped sustain the church's reputation for compassion in an age when its critics have frequently accused it of doctrinal rigidity.

From a start in 1948 when Mother Teresa, an ethnic Albanian, ventured alone into Calcutta's streets to tend to the ''poorest of the poor,'' the order has grown to a worldwide institution with more than 4,000 nuns and 400 Catholic brothers running nearly 600 homes, clinics and schools in more than 100 countries, including the United States. Mother Teresa, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, may be better known than any living Catholic leader aside from Pope John Paul II.

But the signs from the Mother House these days suggest that the era of Mother Teresa, who is 86 years old and weakened by a chronic heart ailment and other health problems, is drawing to a close.

For weeks, an electoral college composed of more than 100 nuns and brothers from around the world, including at least half a dozen Americans, has been gathered in the house on Lower Circular Road, struggling with the problem of choosing a successor to Mother Teresa as the order's superior general.

A month ago, a deadline for a decision passed with no announcement, other than a statement that the nuns and brothers would continue their retreat. Now, fresh reports, purportedly originating from the Mother House, have suggested that a decision could come soon, possibly in days. Few church matters have aroused such anticipation since the last time the College of Cardinals in Rome chose a Pope, in 1978.

Once before, in 1990, the order met to find a successor to Mother Teresa, at her request, but a last-minute wave of sentiment led to a vote in which only a single vote, Mother Teresa's own, was cast for an alternate candidate.

At the time, Mother Teresa was already in ill health, with a heart pacemaker that had been fitted in 1989, and had permission to step down from Pope John Paul, who directly oversees the work of the order.

This time, there seems little chance that Mother Teresa's wishes will be defied. Five feet tall when in good health but bent lower now by a spinal affliction and in a wheelchair for much of her days, Mother Teresa is said by those close to the Missionaries of Charity to have convinced the order that it is time for her to step down.

To do so, Mother Teresa has had to confront worries that the order, without her charisma and rigorous leadership, may have trouble making a transition to a new era.

Loyalists within the order are said to have been convinced that Mother Teresa should be allowed to retire when she spent much of the last three months of 1996 in and out of Calcutta hospitals. More than once, she hovered at the brink of death with complications from what doctors described as a mild heart attack, followed in late November by a balloon angioplasty -- her third in six years -- a procedure designed to clear blockages from the arteries that supply blood to the heart.

''Every single sister I have spoken to has acknowledged that they must let her go this time, because she is so sick,'' said Navin Chawla, a senior Government official who has written two biographies of Mother Teresa. Mr. Chawla, 51, who has spoken to Mother Teresa by telephone from New Delhi in recent days, said the mood in the Mother House appeared solemn, but resigned.

''I can't imagine any last-minute change of heart this time,'' he said.

Mr. Chawla said that Mother Teresa sounded stronger than she had in weeks, but that this appeared to be due more to willpower than returning health. With oxygen equipment and a heart monitor in her bedroom, and capable of standing unassisted for only brief periods, Mother Teresa has spoken often recently of her own death. In the spare sentences that have been her hallmark, she has said that dying holds no fear for her, that on the contrary it is something she awaits with anticipation.

''It will come when my work is over, when the example has been given,'' she told an Italian friend, Gabriele Romagnoli, who visited her in a Calcutta hospital in December and wrote an account of their discussion that appeared in The Week, an Indian news magazine.

Mr. Romagnoli quoted Mother Teresa as adding, ''I know that God will know when the time is right, and so I cannot do anything other than wait peacefully.''

The order's reluctance to allow Mother Teresa to retire appears to have been compounded by uncertainty over whom to appoint in her place. Unconfirmed reports in 1991 said that Mother Teresa had signaled her preference for Sister Frederick, an 80-year-old nun of mixed British and Maltese descent who has acted as the principal administrator of the order in recent years and who has a reputation for being a strict disciplinarian.

But Sister Frederick, who has overseen the medical care of Mother Teresa, is said to be ailing herself and reluctant to take on the job.

Another nun considered to be a possible successor in the past, Sister Agnes Das, 66, is said to be suffering from cancer, and to have ruled herself out. Many in the Missionaries of Charity are said to have considered Sister Agnes to be the natural successor, since she was the first nun to join Mother Teresa in her work among the poor in the late 1940's.

She would also have been a popular choice in India, since she was born in what is now the Indian state of West Bengal, whose capital is Calcutta.

Recent speculation in India had focused on several other senior nuns, all native-born Indians. Among these three, the most widely discussed possibility has been Sister Priscilla Lewis, the order's official spokeswoman, who is in her early 60's, and who is favored by many in the order because of her experience running the order's missions outside India, including 16 years in New York City.

With secrecy surrounding the retreat, outsiders have speculated about the influence of Pope John Paul. People with close links to Mother Teresa have said that the Polish-born Pope's interest is partly personal, as a fellow Eastern European and religious conservative who has developed a deep bond with Mother Teresa. In the 1980's, the Pope bowed to what Mr. Chawla described as ''a bit of friendly bullying'' by Mother Teresa when he agreed to allow the Missionaries of Charity to open a soup kitchen inside the Vatican walls.

Inevitably, many in the order are said to be apprehensive. One point of concern is the attitude of future Indian governments toward the order once the shield provided by Mother Teresa's international renown is removed. India, as a predominantly Hindu country, has been less accommodating to Christian missions generally than it has to the Missionaries of Charity, which has been strongly favored ever since India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, met Mother Teresa in the 1960's and promised her whatever help she needed.

But Mr. Chawla said there would be no change in official attitudes. He said Indians were deeply proud of the Missionaries of Charity and of Mother Teresa, who took Indian citizenship in 1950, and saw the order as part of broader Indian tradition of spirituality and compassion.

The apprehensions are palpable at the first of the order's missions, the Sacred Heart Institute for the Sick and the Dying in the Kalighat district of Calcutta, which was opened in 1952 when Mother Teresa moved her mission off the streets for the first time.

While many of the men and women lying on the steel cots in the soft yellow light of a Calcutta evening seem to be too ill even to know who Mother Teresa is, the volunteers who do much of the work at the mission focus much of their conversation these days on ''Mother,'' as she is known.

The volunteers wonder about many things, including the flow of donor funds for the Missionaries of Charity once Mother Teresa's leadership is gone. But Andreas Wimmer, 42, a native of Munich who has spent eight years at Kalighat, said he took heart from Mother Teresa's own answer.

''She has told us, 'If the work were mine, it would die with me, but it is the work of God, so He will look after it,' '' he said.

Photo: Mother Teresa, 86, weakened by a chronic heart ailment, talked with visitors at her missionary order's house in Calcutta, India, in December. (Dieter Ludwig for The New York Times)

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Dear Majorie,

My grandmother is Desiree A. Harst-Lewis.
She gave me your contact details last summer.
I have been asking her to write about my request of finding out more about my family history.
She has been writing you about my request.
I was wondering if you would like to meet me sometime next month or at the end of this month. My grandmother gave me your address in Bournemouth.
I would be really happy to meet you, for me family is a very important thing in live.
I have been trying to contact you by phone before but nobody answered.
My grandmother told me it would be better if I would write you.

I am looking forward to hear from you, would it be possible to write me back?

Hope you could respond,

Best Wishes

Sarojini Lewis

My address:

Miss Sarojini Lewis
2F2
9 Bellevue Street
Edinburgh EH7 4BX
Scotland

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The army personnel centre
Ms support unit, P & D Branch
Historical Disclosures, MP 555
Kentigern House
65 Brown Street
Glascow G2 8EX




Dear Roddy Hay,

After having a phone conversation about the documents needed I would like to send you my application, the copy of my grandfathers death certificate and a cheque of 30 sterling payable to MOD Accounting Officer.

Please understand my reason for enquiry as I am the granddaughter of G.S. Lewis and would like to have more knowledge of what happened to him during his life as I did not know him because he died before I was born. It is very important for me and it would be nice to have as detailed information as possible send to me as soon as possible.

With kind Regards


Sarojini Lewis


Sarojini Lewis
9 Bellevue Street 2F2
Edinburgh EH7 4BX


mail@sarojinilewis.com