no fate no book

Without fate there would be no book.

Fate through a series of coincidences, has guided nearly every aspect in the creation, writing and publishing of my book Found Art of the Clans Erskine & Holland 1710—1965.

It began in 1970 when I was introduced to Thomas and Margaret Nesbit, friends of my parents. Over the years, I became close to Margaret through common interests in art, jewellery and Asian antiques, specifically Japanese netsukes, tsubas, inros, and paintings.

By 1990, Margaret had become dependent on me to help her with day-to -day activities. In 1997, I was her sole support and advocate. She had no children and I had become her surrogate daughter. She died in 2010 and left me all her tangible belongings.

My book focuses on most of the fifty-eight pieces that make up my collection of the Erskine and Holland family treasures that I inherited.

In 2010, several artifacts known to have belonged to family members mysteriously disappeared—paintings, rings, swords, and a watch. Where are they now?  Where is the stolen Wallace Box?

I hope readers of my book will be able to solve some of these mysteries.


5 replies
  1. Will H Holland
    Will H Holland says:

    Dear Nancy
    Will Holland in Victoria, Australia
    The University archive has more of Robert’s belongings.

    I’d love to share what we both have about us Erskines & Hollands

    Hope to hear from you

  2. Will H Holland
    Will H Holland says:

    Hi Nancy
    I only just found out about your book last night. How do I purchase a copy from you?
    Or should I buy one through Amazon?

    I’m on Facebook if you’d like to correspond there.
    Will Handover-Holland



    Thanks so much for the information. I have only recently become interested in my ancestry, and have found cousins through DNA. However, when I traced Henry Holland to King Richard III, my cousin pointed out an error that had led her there mistakenly, also. I shall be interested to see if this is my real Holland ancestors, or the ones that i traced incorrectly. I really do have Holland and Erskine ancestors.

    • Nancy Hughes
      Nancy Hughes says:

      Hi Carol. The Erskine part of my book starts with Henry David Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, but this family can be traced to the 13 Century.
      The Holland of Conway ancestors in my book can be traced to Robert Holland the Welsh divine, but enter the Erskine family through Frances Erskine, daughter of Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine, Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom, with her marriage to Dr. Rev. Samuel Holland. The book follows my inherited art as it passes through the Erskine descendants and Holland family members Samuel Holland,Thomas Agar Holland, Sir Thomas Erskine Holland an Sir Robert Erskine Holland and their children.
      The Holland family tree has many very interesting branches that include Henry VIII that are part of my Holland family through marriage.
      Good luck with your research. Nancy

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