Mary Hyland                        Plantagenesta Family Historian    

 (formerly  'Plantagenesta -The Family History Shop' in Honiton)



Mary had to close her shop in Honiton for family reasons, but continues to work from home in Hemyock, Devon.

She is accepting commissions from near and far, and loves every minute of her career.


 Mary is one of the most respected genealogists in the wonderful West Country. She uses her maiden name in tribute to her grandfather who always told his family 'Remember who you are, Be proud of who you are, you are a Hyland.' James Patrick Hyland in his younger days had to use his wife's maiden name ( an English name) in order to rent somewhere for his family to live. This was because the Irish were not wanted in Lancashire and many properties to rent carried the legend - 'NO BLACKS, NO DOGS, NO IRISH'

Thankfully such blatant bigotry is against the law nowadays. 


Mary is totally flexible in the way she works and her clients have complete control over their projects and their budgets. You do not have to come to Devon to visit Mary, as she works for clients all over the World - just contact her by email, text or letter.



 Hemyock Parish Pump. 


Mary believes that finding out about our ancestors should not be dull and dusty, they are real people and finding out about their lives should be like walking into a room and meeting them, saying 'Hello, I am so happy to meet you.'

Meet Mary's family below


James Patrick Hyland and his wife Elizabeth Farrar with their older children James, Joseph, Leonard and Eric. James's father, Patrick, was a copper miner in Avoca Co Wicklow, Ireland a beautiful place. The mines failed and he came to England with his wife Johannah and their daughter, Marcella. Two small daughters, Mary and Roseanne had died in infancy in Avoca. Patrick and Johannah settled in St. Helen's and went on to have more children, including James who was the seventh. Patrick was an alkaline worker and died in 1911.

James, moved further inland to Farnworth, near Bolton. By trade he was a Pork Butcher, and for some time he worked for Farnworth Co-op. He and Elizabeth had eight children, of which, Mary Hyland's father, Carlton, was the seventh son. Elizabeth, sadly, died at the age of 46 leaving James with six surviving sons and a small daughter. By this time, James was well known in Farnworth and owned two butchers shops and ran a stall on the local Market as well. He remarried to Mary Latham and had two further surviving children with her. He moved with his wife and younger children, to Smallwood in Cheshire in the mid 1930's, where he remained for the rest of his life.  James died aged 91, Mary predeceased him having been knocked down and killed in a road accident whilst on her way to church in 1961.

Every year on St. Patrick's Day, several of Patrick Hyland's great grandchildren visit his grave in St Helen's and raise a glass of Guinness to the memory of him, not forgetting, of course, to pour a glass for himself. 



Mary Hyland

11, Castle Park

Hemyock, Devon

EX15 3SA 

 text messages to 07710567426










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