15 January 2008

In support of the World BOTTING Family we extend our greetings once again from the UK and New Zealand!

We can now confirm that there will be a World Botting Reunion in the UK over the Bank Holiday weekend of 24-26 May 2008.  Several such Reunions have been held in Australia and New Zealand and we now look forward to having a gathering where most of the international family originated from - the UK.

The venue will be in Alfriston in the South Downs in south-east England. An exciting and comprehensive programme of activities over the three days is being planned which will give plenty of time for you to meet World BOTTING family members, to visit places of very historic significance to the Family, and to socialise and enjoy this unique occasion.

An 'expression of interest' letter will be sent to all those we have addresses for within the next month.  As the number of addresses we have is very limited, it is quite likely that we do not have your contact details.  If you would like to receive information about this gathering please email as soon as possible

This World BOTTING Family WEBSITE ( has now been in existence for fourteen months and, gauging from the number of people who have made enquiries, its existence is becoming more widely known. Our thanks go to both Simon and Richard Botting in the UK for getting this up and running, to Richard for maintaining the WEBSITE and referring on any enquiries, and to those who have supplied articles for the site. As mentioned in February, contributions to the various pages from family throughout the world are welcome. You are encouraged to submit general information, questions or requests for information using the 'Contacts' section of the WEBSITE.

It would also be great to have brief histories, such as the one for Robert William Botting, of other Bottings, both from those who live in the UK as well as from those who have settled in other parts of the world. Remember, too, that links can be provided from the WEBSITE to those of you who have your own websites and are willing to list them. This provides a greater appreciation of the family worldwide.

Russ Botting in Christchurch, New Zealand has followed up a number of genealogical queries that have been posted in the ‘Lost Relatives' section of our WEBSITE.  With some Russ has been able to help with information on family lines back to William Botting (b.1597). With others there was no linkage with the names we currently have on file, and they have, therefore, added another field of enquiry that awaits further information before progress can be made. It is not an unfamiliar story, as we know that many of you are having the same difficulties.

The 2008 World BOTTING Family Reunion is worthy of your support and participation. This will be an historic occasion, as well as being a rich and rewarding experience for all who attend. Should you have any suggestions or wish to offer your assistance please contact the email address noted above.

Until next time.

Kind regards,

Margaret Shanks                              
Des Botting


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