Who was Woodburn Heron?

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After watching the last episode of the anime Chaos;Child, I (and possibly other people) come into a question, Who was Woodburn Heron? His research is quoted in the anime, but when you search on Google you can only find his article "The Pathology of Boredom" and other articles in collaboration with Donald O. Hebb, nothing in specific related to the person itself.
When I read the article cited above, I understood the quote done by the anime, the research about sensorial restriction, but who was that guy? What more he studied? His is importance so small? Why would the Chaos;Child authors quote it then?
I ask in the hope that someone who has studied psychology and related more academically has come up with some information about it someday and can share it with us, something that books (lost in some specific library ~I didn't find anything in the public library of my city (not that I had any hope of finding it in that)~) probably have, but the internet has not yet.

Woodburn Heron's own research seem to have been less notable then that of his mentor, Hebb. But "The Pathology of Boredom" was published in Scientific American, a popular magazine which is much more accessible to the general public than learned academic journals. This probably explains why Heron is so widely quoted.

Woodburn Heron seems to have spent a significant part of his career at McMaster University in Canada. (He studied with Hebb at McGill University, also in Canada.) His own research emphasized the study of visual perception in animals, not bordeom in human subjects. Names of people who studied under Heron at McMaster are easy to find.

I was unable to determine whether he had any relation to Captain Alexander Woodburn Heron or the rest of the Heron family that went to Jamaica in the 1700s.

Bernard "Woody" Woodburn-Heron was my stepfather. He was related to the Manchester Parish Herons.

His mother was Edith Ethel Heron (#66iii in the attached genealogy) http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Members/rheron.htm

He grew up at Spitzbergen near Walderston, a house I remember well. (Will Robson has other photos) http://www.will-robson.com/keyword/spitzbergen/

Her husband and first cousin, Percy Vivian Hall Woodburn Heron, was Woody's stepfather. We used to call him Mas' Viv. He was not a kind man, and both Woody and his mother loathed him. Percival Sigismund Junor, at the time, according to Woody, a "travelling Lebanese Jewish salesman" who ended up being one of the wealthiest men in Jamaica, was Woody's actual father, though never claimed him.

It was a strange upbringing. Woody was sent early to boarding school in Canada. He was trained as a concert pianist, but instead became a research psychologist. I used to help him in his lab at McMaster as a kid, putting electrodes into pigeons' heads (the split brain perception experiments). He was pretty chaotic, not managing research grant applications well at all, or much else of regular life. However, he was a great stepfather, ensuring that we all knew our way around Edgar Rice Burroughs, spaghetti westerns, English music hall songs, and hardware stores.

He passed away of cancer in 1994. That's about all I can tell you .

Do you recall the scene where Senri was restricted with some greyish Michelin looking body suit? That was probably her undergoing the experiment that Woodburn Heron devised.

Woodburn Heron was examining how our human brains would cope in the event of sensory deprivation, basically with our senses blocked, how would we react. His participants were made to lie on a bed in a bare, soundproof room and remain completely still. Padded tubes covered their arms so that they had no sense of touch, and translucent goggles to cut off their vision. Many participants reported that the experience was extremely unpleasant, not just because of the social isolation but also because they lost their focus. Some even hallucinated as if their brain was somehow trying to create the sensory experiences that they suddenly lacked (delusions to reality kicks in if you've been basked under the white light… maybe?) Most of the participants asked to be released from the study before it ended.

Referring back to Chaos; Child, their powers came from traumatic experiences. Let's say our dear main character Takuru. When he woke from the coma, he had lost his ability to move. Lacking some sensory input, it could have been possible that his brain created hallucinations to allow him to reach for things. That's why he had the power of psychokinesis.

He may not have published much but his sensory deprivation experiment is known by those that study psychology.


I am interested in research on the following persons: (a) JOHN HERON (aka JOHNATHAN HERON), a plantation owner, who was born in South Scotland, and died in western Jamaica in late 1600s. (b) His half-sibling, Scottish-born RICHARD HERON, was an Army Officer in Jamaica in the mid-1600s.

John Heron (Snr.) had a bi-racial family with his favourite Ghanaian mistress, and one of his sons, Johnathan Heron, (aka "John Jnr." ) had a child with Celeste WILTSHIRE, of South St. Elizabeth, in the early 1770s.

From Oral tradition stories, we know that JOHN HERON ( Snr.) purchased his African woman from an estate in the old parish of Clarendon. He also had a white family with his white wife, but I am more interested in his African mistress and their bi-racial children.


Alot of research has been done on the Herons who arrived in Jamaica later in the 1790s, that is, British Army Officers - Major Alexander "Sandy" Heron, and his younger brother, Captain Robert Heron, from Wigtownshire, Galloway, South Scotland, and their descendants, (A) Captain Alexander Woodburn Heron, Mrs.Frances Catherine Woodburn (nee Heron) Mrs. Anna Maria McCatty (nee Heron) and George Robert Heron -- children of Alexander "Sandy" Heron and his Jamaican-born wife, Mrs. Anna Maria Heron (nee Smith) and ( B) Robert Heron's children by his favourite mistress, Elizabeth Gouldie (aka Gowdie) , a "mulatto" enslaved woman, later freed by him on August 01, 1808. -- Robert II (born 1801), Mrs. Margaret Martin Mason (nee Heron) of St. Elizabeth and Mrs. Maria Elizabeth Powell (nee Heron) of St. Elizabeth.

A book has been written by a Heron cousin entitled " A Heron Family Forest that grew in Manchester" and there is alot of info. on this site on this side of my family.

Jesuits name accused priests, including 20 who worked in Oregon

Jesuits West released the names Friday of 111 Jesuit priests who have been credibily accused of sexual abuse against minors. Twenty of the priests worked in Oregon at least part of their careers.

An organization overseeing Jesuit operations in 10 states released the names Friday of 111 Jesuit priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse against minors. Twenty of the priests worked in Oregon at least part of their careers.

The alleged cases of abuse date back to 1950. Eighty-three of the 111 accused are dead.

Nine of the 111 spent time at Jesuit High School, the exclusive westside private school.

“We did this out of a desire for transparency,” said Tracey Primrose, director of communications for Jesuits West, which is based in Portland. “We hope this will allow the victims to heal.”

The Jesuits are an influential order of priests numbering more than 16,000 worldwide. Jesuits also operate several high schools and universities, including St. Louis University and Marquette University.

The Jesuits have previously settled lawsuits across the country, including a $166 million settlement involving about 500 abuse claims in Oregon in 2011, which was one of the largest settlements involving clergy abuse allegations.

Since the first cases of widespread clergy sexual abuse in the early 2000s, the Jesuits say they have significantly modified how they deal with accusations of abuse. Jesuits West says it has adopted a zero-tolerance policy for credible allegations made against Jesuits involving minors or vulnerable adults and stringent procedures to ensure the safety of minors. No Jesuit who has a credible allegation of sexually abusing a minor is allowed to remain in public ministry, the group claims.

Jesuits West said its review of priest behavior is not over. The group has hired Dr. Kathleen McChesney, a former senior manager at the FBI, to go through its files in the spring of 2019. If additional cases of Jesuits with credible allegations of abuse are identified, the group says, it will release those names as well.

Jesuit High School President Thomas Arndorfer said in a letter to parents that protecting students “will always be our foremost priority.” He noted that of the nine alleged abusers who worked at the school, the most recent employee left 25 years ago in 1993. Of the nine individuals accused, seven are now deceased, one has been removed from ministry and lives in California, and one was dismissed from the Jesuits in 1974.

Anyone who feels victimized by a Jesuit is urged to contact both Mary Pat Panighetti, Advocacy Coordinator for Jesuits West, at 408-893-8398, and appropriate law enforcement and child-protective agencies.

Among the 111 names in the Jesuits West report are several with Oregon connections. Their names are below, along with their local work histories, when available.

The Rev. Arnold Beezer -- Jesuit High School, St. Luke Church, Woodburn, several Portland-area hospitals, 1966-1980.

The Rev. William Bischoff -- Campion Hall, Portland, 1967-68

The Rev. Francis Callan -- St. Mary’s, Pendleton, 1957-68

The Rev. James McDonough -- Jesuit High School, 1974-78

The Rev. Francis Duffy -- Jesuit High School, St. Luke

The Rev. James Hurley -- Jesuit High School, St. Mary’s Pendleton, 1973-1985

The Rev. James Jacobsen -- Oregon State Penitentiary, 1980-2005

The Rev. Gordon Keys -- Jesuit High School, St. Vincent’s Hospital, 1965-90


The Township of Chipchase is in the parish of Chollerton, some ten miles south-west of Hexham, in south-west Northumberland. It lies on the east bank of the North Tyne and had an area of 1,603 acres. It is a mile or two downstream from Wark and some five miles upstream from Wall, where the Roman wall crosses the river. There are, or were castles of greater or less degree every few miles along the Tyne-Newcastle, Prudhoe, Bywell, Corbridge, Haughton and Simonburn. However, few of them are in such a good state of preservation as Chipchase Castle, which is an excellent example of the most advanced kind of Pele-tower in medieval and Tudor times.

The area surrounding Chipchase was occupied as early as the Bronze Age, and was perhaps quite densely populated in the Iron Age and Roman times. However, no evidence has been found of Anglo-Saxon occupation and Chipchase is never mentioned until the thirteenth century when it was bought by the Insulas.

Early in that century there was already a chapel, a park and a mill at Chipchase. On 18 July 1261 Peter de Insula, the owner of Chipchase, obtained a license from Alexander III, King of Scots, to strengthen his mill dam on the North Tyne. This was necessary because the right bank of the river was in the lordship of Tyndale, held by the King of Scots.

There are many different derivations of the name Chipchase but none are very convincing. The earliest forms of the name are Chipches, Chippeches and Chipchesse.

The Subsidy Roll of 1296 shows that the village was well populated and wealthy. There were twelve tax payers, including Robert de Insula who was head of the list, his goods came to a total worth of £9 9s 8d (equivalent today £5,909.94).

The Owners

Before Chipchase was purchased it was in the extensive barony of Prudhoe granted by Henry I to Robert de Umframvill. Later we discover that there is some evidence that Umframvills and Insulas (the first owners) were connected by marriage.

As mentioned above the first owner of Chipchase, on record, is Sir Peter de Insula, who lived around the mid thirteenth century he was a younger son of Robert de Insula, Lord of East Woodburn. On 9 September 1348 Sir Peter’s great grandson, Sir Robert de Insula, conveyed to Sir William Heron, Lord of Ford, the custody and marriage of his grand-daughter Cecily. He had already entailed the manor of Chipchase on Cecily and she was to marry William, John or Walter, the sons of Sir Williams Heron. Once of age Cecily married Walter Heron and their descendants retained possession of Chipchase for over 350 years.

Chipchase, being the strongest castle in the valley of the North Tyne, normally held a garrison of fifty horsemen in times of war with Scotland, and the Herons became almost hereditary Keepers of Tyndale.

The Keepers of Tyndale and the bailiffs of the adjoining valley of Redesdale were two of the officers of the Warden of Middle Marches. The English border against Scotland was normally divided into three commands: the East Marches based on Berwick, the Middle Marches based on Harbottle, and the West Marches based on Carlisle. North Tyndale, Redesdale and Upper Coquetdale were all in the Middle Marches.

When in 1490 John Heron was appointed Bailiff of Rededale he bound himself before the king in Chancery under a penalty of £500 to execute the duties of his office, to capture felons and evil-doers and bring them to justice. Lastly, he was to allow no conventicles or privy meetings between English and Scots on the Marches or elsewhere in the liberty.

In a survey of the state of the Borders made in 1522 the commissioners reported that Chipchase was “the most convenient house for the said Keeper of Tynedale…the which house of Chipchase is in measurable good state”. The Herons were a hot-tempered race and were regularly in trouble with the authorities.

In 1536 the Catholic rising known as the Pilgrimage of Grace collapsed. This was an attempt to prevent the Royal Commissioners from dissolving the monasteries including Hexham Priory. John Heron of Chipchase, called “Little John Heron” tried to have the men of Tyndale “to break”. The Council of the North wished to arrest Heron but others recommended that he should remain at liberty. Therefore he was bound with sufficient sureties in the sum of 2,000 marks to appear before the King on 13 February 1536. The mark valued at 13s. 4d. (equivalent today £214.73) which was a regular unit of currency at this time.

Heron had many enemies and in April 1537 he was accused, by Jerrye Charlton, of the murder of Roger Fenwick. It is certain that Heron and Fenwick were not on good terms. This was due to the fact that Fenwick had been appointed Keeper of Tyndale, a position which Heron believed belonged to him The Duke of Norfolk, who had been appointed to settle the unrest in Northumberland, wrote to the Privy Council on 27 August 1537 claiming that “I shall do my best to put order for Tyndale, with using all the policies I can to apprehend Edward and Cuthbert of Charlton and John Heron’s son”. He wished that John Heron’s son “be secretly conveyed hither… with a hood on his head so secretly kept by the way that no man should know him unto his deliverance”. It is evident that John Heron the father was already in custody, and the Duke of Norfolk hoped to also take his son. The Warden of the Marches reported that on 6 November 1538 at a March meeting, John Heron, one of the murderers of Roger Fenwick was “in the utter part of the Scotes men.” The Privy Council decided that as there seemed to be a good deal of malice and family feud in the quarrel, John Heron was not to be impeached of Roger Fenwick’s death. Subsequently John Heron the father and his sons John and George received a royal pardon.

In 1540 Heron was appointed Keeper of both Tyndale and Redesdale. In a raid into Scotland with the Tynedale and Redesdale men on 24 August 1542, Heron was taken prisoner by the Laird of Edmonston’s servant. However he was not imprisoned for long and upon his release he again found himself in disfavour with the authorities.

While his father was a prisoner in Scotland, George Heron acted as deputy Keeper of Tyndale. Like his father and brother, he also was averse to discipline and there were many complaints made about him taking matters into his own hands and executing raids in Scotland. Sir William Heron of Ford died in 1535 with no direct male heirs. This left the Herons of Chipchase to lay claim to his considerable estates. The only condition was that the young heiress, Sir William Heron’s and daughter, Margaret remained unmarried. The Herons took no special action to establish the claim, as there was always a chance that the heiress might marry one of the Herons of Chipchase.

When she married Thomas Carr of Etal, the dispute developed into a typical family feud, and bloodshed ensued. On 1 April 1557 George Heron took a band of two hundred men, in forcible and warlike array of armour and weapons, to the house at Morpeth to establish his claim as rightful owner. A few days earlier, under the instruction of the Herons, one of the constables of Berwick, accompanied by fourteen garrison men, forcibly took possessions from Ford Castle. Eventually the Carrs retained possession of the Ford Esate while the Herons of Chipchase obtained the manor of Simonburn.

At a wardens meeting at the Red Swire on 7 July 1575 an affray broke out with the Scots in which Sir George Heron “a man much esteemed in both realms”, was killed together with twenty four other Englishman. The “esteem” was surely a posthumous development. The Red Swire or Redeswire is the neck of land from which the water falls one way into the valley of the Rede, and the other into Scotland the modern highway from Newcastle to Jedburgh now runs over it at the Carter Bar.

The inventory of Sir George’s goods taken after his death has survived like most country gentlemen of this time a good deal of his wealth was in farming stock. He had 80 kine at 16s. apiece 66 oxen at 20s., apiece 40 young “noate” (young cattle) at 10s., apiece 34 score of “Yowes” at 2s. 6d., apiece 24 score of dinmonts and gimmers at 2s., apiece: 24 score of hogs at 16d., apiece 20 score withers at 3s. 4d., apiece 30 goats at 20d., apiece 20 swine at 3s., apiece. The furniture in his hose was meagre, for he only had two “joined” beds, 3 standing beds, a great presser in the Broad Chamber, and eight chairs. His more personal goods included two garnish of pewter vessels, six brass pots, six pans, two cauldrons, two mortars and a pestle, three silver tankards, three silver bowls, a dozen silver spoons, a silver salt, a basin and a ewer of tin, six pewter candlesticks and six chamber Potts of pewter. The mourning clothes for gowns and other charges bestowed on his funeral amounted to £65 11s. 5d., (equivalent today £21,120.37). It is evident that the furniture recorded in this inventory was that in the castle of Harbottle and so gives us no information about the contents of Chipchase castle.

Sir George Heron’s son and heir John followed in his father’s footsteps, in so far as he also flouted the authorities. He was appointed Keeper of Tyndale on 31 August 1587. In a Scots foray to Haydon Bridge it was reported that Heron lay in wait for the raiders. Once near he relieved them of their spoils, killed six of them, and took two prisoners and sixteen horses. Shortly after the encounter the word spread that Heron had deliberately allowed the raid to take its course so that he might collect some plunder.

The Warden reported to the Queen on 8 December 1587 that he believed John Heron was “not fit for the place, for beside his negligence in that service at the burning of Haydon Bridge…he is greatly suspected to be acquainted with that journey”. The Warden went on to claim that John Heron’s son, one of his bailiffs and a young man call Ridley were “directly charged with the bringing in of Scots to Haydon Bridge.”

John Heron died in June 1591, follow by his wife Margery in 1613. She gave all her goods to her younger son Reynold, except £100 which she gave to Reynolds son Anthony. Reynold was certainly the black sheep of the family but due to him being his mother’s favourite she made him her heir. In 1603 Reynold Heron, with others, were put before the assizes for burning and taking the spoil of a house in the Bishop Bank at Durham some of his accomplices were taken and hung and a warrant was sent out for his arrest.

John Heron’s eldest son and heir, George, only survived his father by less than year and died unmarried on 10 September 1591. The heir was George’s nephew Cuthbert Heron a child of six years old. At this time the Heron estate comprised of the manors of Chipchase, Simonburn, Chirdon, Shitlington, West Whelpington, Ray and Pigdon, the village of Nunwick with burgages and tenements in Corbidge, Morpeth, Warkworth and Kirkharle. When Cuthbert Heron died in June 1655 these estates were almost intact, but within the next fifty years all had been dissipated.

Cuthbert Heron had remained aloof during the Civil Wars and both his two elder sons died in his lifetime, John in 1636 and George in 1647. George can probably be identified with a Colonel George Heron who commanded a regiment of horse for the King during the Civil War and was killed fighting on the King’s side at the battle of Marston Moor.

George Heron had only one son George, who had died in infancy. Thus the entailed estates passed to his younger brother Cuthbert. After the Restoration, Cuthbert was created a Baronet on 20 November 1662, and shortly after this the mortgage on the estates started to pile up.

Before the end of the century the combination of mortgages, provision for widows and the portions for daughters had encumbered the estates inextricably. The first Baronet died in 1688. His eldest son Cuthbert had died in 1684 leaving a widow and two daughters, and the Baronetcy and estates passed to Sir John Heron, the second son. He died in 1693 leaving a widow and an only daughter, and his younger brother Charles then succeeded.

When Sir Charles Heron succeeded he found that being a tenant for life, he was unable to sell any of the estates and could not raise the portions of £2500 (equivalent today £208,850) which was each due to his nieces.

Accordingly he applied for an Act of Parliament to be passed to enable him to sell off parts of the estates. The act was passed in 1695 and the estates, with the exception of Chipchase, were vested in trustees for sale.

The purchaser was Robert Allgood of Newcastle, who had agreed to pay off all the charges and mortgages. However by 1713 the conveyance had not been completed, due to the discovery of further debts which had not been disclosed to Allgood. Jane, the only daughter and heiress of Robert Allgood, married her cousin Lancelot (afterward Sir Lancelot) Allgood, and the estates of Nunwick, Simonburn and Shitlington, purchased from the Herons, are now the property of their descendants, Mr. Guy Hunter Allgood and Mr. Lancelot Guy Allgood.

Sir Charles Heron died in London before 4 August 1718 and his only son Harry succeeded as 4th Baronet.

However, the Heron’s ownership of Chipchase was coming to an end. All that remained of the vast estates of Harry Heron’s ancestors was the capital messuage, manor, chapel and demesne lands of Chipchase. And on 8 July 1725 he mortgaged these to George Allgood, brother of the earlier purchaser, for £4000 (equivalent today £339,000) and a further sum of £3976 9s. 6d (equivalent today £5,909.94), to provide for his wife and future children.

The £4000 did not last long and on 16 June 1727 Harry Heron finally parted with Chipchase. George Allgood went on to purchase Chipchase for £979 9s. 6d (equivalent today £83,010.51). and gave an annuity of £166 13s. 4d. (equivalent today £14,125) to Sir Harry Heron and Dame Elizabeth, his wife. However, even the annuity was not safe and on 26 September 1729 Heron mortgaged it for £200. Failure to pay the interest on the mortgage caused it to be increased and by 1730 it had reached £358 15s (equivalent today £30,845.33).

The last known episode in this story happened in 1732 when Sir Harry Heron, now living in the parish of St Mare le Bone, co. Middlesex, sold £100 a year of his annuity for £540 13s. 7d (equivalent today £46,487.59). He died without children in 1749.

George Allgood, the buyer of Chipchase, belonged to a family that had for some generations been high in the civic life of Hexham. He had been educated for the law and was a member of the Inner Temple, London. He was one of the trustees appointed in 1696 for the sale of Sir Charles Heron’s estates. Allgood was evidently not welcomed either by his tenants or by his neighbours. And on 12 January 1728 he complained to the Clerk of the Peace for the county that he could not get a dish of wild fowl for himself or friends by reason of so many gunners and poachers. Some of his neighbours’ hounds ran day and night into his ground “where they trample both the summer and winter corn miserably”. After George Allgood’s death in 1728, the Chipchase estate was sold in 1734 to John Reed of Bellingham.

John Reed belonged to a very junior line of family that had owned Troughen in Redesdale for at least 300 years. John Reed’s father, Archibald, had been a general dealing in Bellingham and had acquired a considerable fortune by advancing money on mortgage to many of the improvident yeomen in the valley.

John Reed died in London, 20 March 1754 and was buried in a chapel which he had built at Chipchase. He was succeeded by nephew Christopher Soulsby of Newcastle, son of his sister Martha and her husband Christopher Soulsby. Soulsby assumed the name of Reed and became High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1764. He died in 1770. In 1823, John Reed, son and heir of Christopher (Soulsby) Reed became involved in the failure of Blake, Reed and Co’s Bank. Because of this he was forced to convey his estates, including Chipchase to trustees to the use of his creditors.

The Reed trustees in 1826 conveyed Chipchase to the Greys of Backworth. Ralph William Grey lived at Chipchase for most of his life. During his life time he was M.P. for Tynemouth 1848-185, for Liskeard 1854-1859 and secretary to the Poor Law Board 1859-1869. In 1862 Mr R.W. Grey conveyed the estate to Mr Hugh Taylor and to this date Chipchase is still owned by his decedents.

After Mr Hugh Taylor passed away, his son Thomas Taylor took over the running of Chipchase, after him Hugh Taylor took over Chipchase from 1870 to 1900.

Lt Col Thomas George Taylor, who resided at Chipchase in 1945, was decorated with the award of Captain Distinguished Service Order DSO. He also owned and sold Henderside, Park Kelso with a stretch of the Tweed and 1,000 acres of land. Lt Col Richard Ian Griffiths Taylor died in 1984, the property then passed on to his daughter Penelope Torday nee Taylor and then onto her son Jonathan Elkington who currently owns and runs Chipchase.

The Chapel

In the thirteenth century, a chapel already resided at Chipchase. The Insulas had been granted by the Priory and Convent of Hexham, the privilege of a perpetual chantry in the chapel of Chipchase on every other day of the week. The Chaplain was to be provided for at the expense of the mother church of Chollerton but everything else was to be found by the Insulas and their heirs. It seems unlikely that there was a graveyard attached to this chapel for most of the Herons in the seventeenth century were buried in the chancel of Simonburn church.

In about 1723 Archdeacon Shard recorded that at Chipchase there “is a little chapel in which the sacraments have been formerly administered, and where at present there is a service performed four times in the year. It hath neither books, vessels or vestments belonging to it. There is a bell lying in the chapel, but it hath never been fitted and hung up. The chapel hath never been either plastered or floored.”

John Reed (1734-1754) built a new chapel in which he was buried on 4 April 1754. This is the chapel still in use, standing just within the park gates. In the chapel there are several tablets and monumental inscriptions in reference to members of the Reed family, many of whom lie in a vault beneath.

Arnold Robinson designed a single-light window in memory of Captain Hugh Taylor. The window depicts the Angel of the Lord appearing to Mary Magdalene outside the sepulchre after the resurrection. The central diamond of the window contains the badge of the Scots Guards. The window is inscribed “In Memoriam/Captain Hugh Taylor/Scots Guards/Born Christmas Eve 1880/Killed in action Dec.18th 1914.” Captain Taylor is buried in Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery in Fleurbaix. He was the son of Thomas and Mona Taylor of Chipchase Castle, Wark-on-Tyne and husband of Mary Taylor.

The House Today

The whole of the middle of the east front, between the wings, is occupied by the long, low entrance hall. To the left of the hall is the drawing room and to the right the dining room, with the offices beyond it in the low Georgian wing that completes the quadrangle. Above the hall, and rising two storeys, is the music room, occupying the space of what would have been the great chamber of Cuthbert Heron's Jacobean House.

The staircase follows a pattern occasionally found in Elizabethan and Jacobean buildings, in which the open well is replaced by a solid column – about seven feet square – round which the stairs rise in a series of short, easy flights.

On the west wall of the music-room, facing the bay is the remarkable oak chimney-piece, which is believed to have been brought to Chipchase from Newcastle by one of the Reeds. It dates from the early years of the 17th century, and gives the impression of having been carved by a Flemish craftsman, possibly working in this country. The over mantel, which is exceptionally well executed in deep relief, is rich in symbolism. Tall figures representing four of the five senses – taste and feeling on the left, sight and sound on the right – flank the central panel, which depicts Father Time driving a chariot that carries the four elements.

On the front of the chariot is a pole supporting a globe, which has the signs of the zodiac on its upper half and classical gods and goddesses on the lower half. The projecting cornice is composed of seven shields, coupled at the corners, which demarcate four panels. The shields depict the virtues, with charity in the middle flanked by faith and hope, while the panels contain emblems evidently denoting the four continents.

The base of the over mantel is carved with Biblical scenes, which are original, but some of the shields flanking them have been added later: the central one depicts the Reeds' coat-of-arms. The pierced columns are original, but the frieze below the shelf is a Georgian introduction and the marble surround to the fireplace opening must date from the early 19th century.

The original Jacobean decoration has disappeared, but the treatment of the panelling and some of the doors appear to date from rather earlier than John Reed's purchase in 1734, and it is possible that the Allgoods were responsible for it soon after they leased Chipchase in 1701. At the foot of the staircase, however, is a handsome Palladian doorway, which is typical of much of the decoration at Chipchase and was evidently due to John Reed the elder after 1734. Several of the rooms at Chipchase, notably the drawing room, have pretty plaster ceilings of this period, in which the geometrical Palladian forms are softened by a hint of the Rococo.

The most important room that can be attributed to the elder John Reed is the two-storey music-room above the hall. The walls are surmounted by a deep entablature with a profusely decorated frieze and cornice.

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  • NRA 42301 British Federation of Business and Professional Women: Ponteland club
  • NRA 38225 Broomhill Equitable Industrial Co-operative Society Ltd link to online catalogue
  • NRA 580 Butler family of Ewart Park: family and estate papers link to online catalogue
  • NRA 7841 Carr-Ellison family of Hedgeley Hall: family and estate papers link to online catalogue
  • NRA 363 Collingwood family of Lilburn Tower: family and estate papers
  • NRA 38145 Company of Smiths, Sadlers, Glaziers and Armourers of Morpeth link to online catalogue
  • NRA 24809 Craster family of Craster: family and estate papers link to online catalogue
  • NRA 20648 Thomas Creevey MP: corresp, journals and papers
  • NRA 42904 Crowe & Atkinson Ltd, butchers, Blyth
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  • NRA 39580 Cruddas family of Haughton Castle: deeds and papers
  • NRA 24798 Culley family of Coupland Castle: family and estate papers
  • NRA 10635 Delaval family, baronets, of Seaton Delaval: family and estate papers
  • NRA 31041 Dodds & Co, drapers, Alnwick
  • NRA 41909 Embleton United Reformed Church
  • NRA 44225 Felton United Reformed Church link to online catalogue
  • NRA 42070 Charles and Nicholas Fenwick, consuls at Elsinore: corresp and papers
  • NRA 24806 Fenwick family of Brinkburn: family and estate papers link to online catalogue
  • NRA 32091 Freeman-Mitford family, Barons Redesdale: estate papers
  • NRA 35876 Gibson Brothers, chain and nail mfrs and ironmongers, Bedlington
  • NRA 44601 Gosforth Bohemians Association Football Club link to online catalogue
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  • NRA 40961 Hexham Entertainments Co Ltd link to online catalogue
  • NRA 40346 Hexham Magistrates Court link to online catalogue
  • NRA 42297 Hexham Town Council link to online catalogue
  • NRA 24796 Hope-Wallace of Featherstone Castle: family and estate papers
  • NRA 38229 Howick Women's Institute link to online catalogue
  • NRA 1260 Hughes family of Middleton Hall: family and estate papers
  • NRA 39932 Johnson family, farmers, Dotland Park
  • NRA 42298 Joicey family of Newton Hall: misc family and estate papers
  • NRA 15333 James Joicey, 1st Baron Joicey: family, business and estate papers
  • NRA 36409 Lamb family of West Denton: family and business papers link to online catalogue
  • NRA 42609 Lindisfarne Archdeaconry
  • NRA 39493 Major John Fleming King Lockhart: trustees papers rel to the administration of his estate link to online catalogue
  • NRA 8993 Loraine family, baronets, of Styford: family and estate papers (incl. Bacon-Grey family)
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  • NRA 39426 Mitford family of Mitford: estate papers
  • NRA 7874 Morpeth Borough link to online catalogue
  • NRA 41042 Morpeth Borough Council
  • NRA 41037 Morpeth Roman Catholic Parish link to online catalogue
  • NRA 43360 Mothers Union: Newcastle Diocese
  • NRA 42067 National Union of Mineworkers: Northumberland Mechanics branch link to online catalogue
  • NRA 42607 Newbiggin-by-the-Sea United Reformed Church link to online catalogue
  • NRA 7759 Newcastle upon Tyne: Black Gate deeds and papers
  • NRA 42302 Newcastle upon Tyne Church Institute
  • NRA 701 Newcastle upon Tyne: Society of Antiquaries collection
  • NRA 43558 Norham Rural Deanery
  • NRA 39529 North Northumberland Coroner link to online catalogue
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  • NRA 22281 Northampton Museum collection
  • NRA 42610 Northumberland Archdeaconry
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  • NRA 44226 St Aidan's United Reformed Church, Hexham link to online catalogue
  • NRA 39713 St Bede Roman Catholic Parish, Bedlington link to online catalogue
  • NRA 39737 St Cuthbert Roman Catholic Parish, Cowpen link to online catalogue
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  • NRA 42902 Tarset Village Hall Committee link to online catalogue
  • NRA 8994 Trevelyan and Thornton families of Netherwitton deeds and estate papers
  • NRA 18523 Trevelyan family, baronets, of Wallington: estate and misc papers link to online catalogue
  • NRA 44227 Twentieth Century Morpeth: People Talking, oral history project link to online catalogue
  • NRA 35877 Tyne Metal Co Ltd, ironfounders, Acomb
  • NRA 39530 Tynedale District Council
  • NRA 43984 Charles W Usher, chemists, Amble link to online catalogue
  • NRA 40354 Wade & Robertson and Charles Percy & Son, solicitors, Alnwick link to online catalogue
  • NRA 6532 William Woodman: Morpeth collection

Who was Woodburn Heron? - History

A couple in bronze strolled straight out of the early 1900s and into downtown Gresham as the latest public art was unveiled last weekend.

"Sunday at the Carnegie," is a statue that memorializes the founding residents of Gresham and the 1913 completion of the historic Carnegie Library, now Gresham History Museum, 410 N. Main Ave.

Bronzed by prolific sculptor Heather Soderberg-Green, the piece depicts a couple walking arm-in-arm donning traditional garb at the turn of the century. There is no name attached to the 850-pound sculpture as a way to allow every Gresham resident to imagine their own ancestors in the statue.

"This is a piece of art that celebrates Gresham's history," said Judy Han during the Sunday, May 23, dedication.

The statue was commissioned by Gresham Outdoor Public Art, and partly funded through a city of Gresham arts grant. Soderberg-Green began the piece back in 2019, but the unveiling was delayed due to COVID-19.

This is the latest bronze sculpture completed by Soderberg-Green for Gresham. She previously did "Driscoll" the guide dog "Mr. Gresham" depicted Todd Kirnan "Blue" the heron and "Bless Our Nest" a family of ducks. All of those pieces can be found along Main Avenue.

"Because of Heather's generosity we have been able to bring art to Gresham," Han said.

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Heron, Gil aka Giles (1951-52)

wrote: As Camillo suggested, it's worth seeking out the final resting place of Gil aka Giles Heron.

Gil is legendary as he might well be Celtic FC's first black player (c. 1951), and because he's the father of the incredible funk/soul/jazz/rap pioneer, Gil Scott-Heron.

Further details on Heron sr can be viewed on the Celtic Wiki at http://www.thecelticwiki.com/page/Heron%2C+Giles .

He died in a Detroit nursing home on 27 November 2008.

I've done a rudimentary trawl of the web through Google, and found a few obituaries that don't provide funeral or burial details. I've also checked the subscription database Dow-Jones Factiva, but found nothing relevant.

Any further ideas will be appreciated. Maybe some of our Stateside bhoys and ghirls can help out?


wrote: well done greenpoint!! me finks youve caught the bug!! I remeber reading an article on him in the scottish press around the time of his death. Interesting to see what info there is on him.

wrote: Obituary by Celtic director Brian Wilson:

Gil Heron, the one-time Celtic footballer, who has died at the age of 86, had two unrelated claims to fame. He was the first black player to capture the imagination of Scottish football fans, and he was the father of Gil Scott-Heron, the jazz musician and rap music pioneer of the 1970s and 80s.

On a visit to Glasgow, Scott-Heron reflected that the two things the Scots loved most were music and football, and that his family had provided one representative of each. Although Gil Heron's time at Celtic Park was brief, his considerable sense of style, both on and off the park, made a lasting impression and it became a feature of his son's UK concerts that some of the fans turned up wearing Celtic tops.

Heron was born in Kingston, Jamaica. During the second world war he joined the Canadian air force, where his footballing talents began to make a wider impression. In 1946, he signed for Detroit Wolverines, who played in the short-lived North American Professional Soccer League, which they duly won in its inaugural season, with Heron as top scorer. He was then transferred to Detroit Corinthians, who played in the larger American Soccer League.

Celtic had a history of making lengthy American tours and doing some scouting at the same time. The goalkeeper Joe Kennaway was an earlier product of this strategy. Although they did not play Detroit Corinthians on their 1951 tour, a scout learned about Heron's prowess and was sufficiently impressed to invite him to Glasgow for pre-season trials. He made an early impression, scoring twice at a public trial at Celtic Park and was soon dubbed "the Black Arrow". He made his debut on 18 August 1951 in a League Cup tie against Morton at Celtic Park and scored in a 2-0 victory. However, he was competing for the centre-forward role with John McPhail, a Celtic hero of the era.

By the end of the season, Heron's star had faded and he was transferred by the club to Third Lanark, subsequently moving again to become the first black player to sign for Kidderminster Harriers. However, the folklore surrounding Heron's brief football career in the UK lived on. He was a skilful player, a natty dresser and a colourful personality in an era of cloth caps and physical football. He was capped by Jamaica at football and excelled at cricket, playing for leading Glasgow clubs while resident in the city.

Gil Scott-Heron, born in 1949, and famous for his polemic The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, had stayed in the US when his father was divorced from his mother, Bobbie, and set off for Scotland. Heron eventually returned to play for Detroit Corinthians and later became a referee, as well as resuming his career as a photographer. Like his more famous son, who moved at the age of 15 to be brought up by Bobbie - a notable singer - in New York, Gil Heron was also a poet and jazz musician.

According to his son, who survives him, Gil continued to take a lifelong interest in the fortunes of Celtic football club.

• Gil Heron, footballer, born 9 April 1922 died 27 November 2008


wrote: This is an interesting review of Gil's life and touches on his relationship with his son. It also mention that Gil's older surviving brother Roy attended his funeral in Detroit in 2008.

'A blessing from the spirits' was how the son referred to his father playing for Celtic :)

Gil Heron, 81, father of Gil Scott-Heron, joins the ancestors

Gil Heron, who was known as the Black Arrow has joined the ancestors.

Heron was 87 years old, a poet and professional soccer player.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1921, he was the father of the revolutionary author/poet/singer and musician Gil Scott-Heron, who received much critical acclaim for one of his most well-known songs,” The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”.

Gil Heron passed away in a nursing home in Detroit on Nov.27.

Heron is survived by three children: Gil, Gail and Dennis. Another son, Kenny, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Detroit. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

One of Heron’s surviving brothers, Roy Heron, was featured in a 2008 article,” At 85, Roy Heron’s a leader”, in Share newspaper by Dr. Lorne Foster.

Dr. Foster wrote then: “Heron has been a stalwart in African Canadian life and politics for over 60 years, fiercely dedicated to the principles of self-determination and consciousness-raising. He has single-mindedly maintained the same impassioned commitment to social justice that he possessed when he arrived in Canada in 1941.”

After Scott-Heron’s last performance in Toronto at the El Mocambo, he introduced “Uncle Roy”.

Roy Heron, remembered his younger brother with the following statement. “He was a brilliant person who showed people of color what they can achieve.” The older Heron attended his brother’s funeral in Detroit.

Gil Heron moved to Canada as a boy, and is believed to have
first shown evidence of football skills during a spell in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He moved to the USA after World II and joined the Detroit Wolverines. Heron played in the United States and was invited to Scotland for a public trail at Celtic Park on Aug 4, 1951, scoring twice in the game.

According to press reports from Scottish newspapers: “The club signed him and he made his debut on August 18, 1951 in a League Cup tie against Morton at Celtic Park. He scored once in a 2-0 victory.

Heron was a published poet. One of his books was entitled, “I Shall Wish For You”. He was featured in a 1947 Ebony magazine article which referred to him as the “Black Babe Ruth.“ I spent many hours in the library at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) looking for that article, to no avail.

I met Gil Scott-Heron in the summer of 1976 when he made his first Canadian appearance at the world-famous El Mocambo. I interviewed him at a downtown hotel and asked him about his father. Arista records publicity campaign had gone to great lengths to point out that Scott-Heron’s father, Gil Heron, had been a professional soccer player for Scotland. Scott-Heron appeared to be taken aback. “The Scotts raised me” was his acid reply.

Scott-Heron was born in Chicago, but spent his early childhood in the home of his maternal grandmother, Lillie Scott, in Jackson, Tennessee. His mother, Bobbie Scott-Heron, sang with the New York Oratorial Society. At the time of my first meeting with Scott-Heron he had not met his father. It was at that time I met his Jamaican-born uncle, Roy Heron, Aunt Noreen and cousins Melissa and Kathleen.

Heron was at Celtic for a year, making five appearances and scoring two goals before joining Third Lanark.

He eventually returned to the United States and settled in Detroit. He was also the father of jazz musician and composer, Gil Scott-Heron, who received much critical acclaim for one of his most well-known songs: "The Revolution Will Not be Televised.”

After the show with Scott-Heron and the Midnight Band, people hung out on that warm summer night at College and Spadina. Many of us watched Scott-Heron get into a taxi cab with three women. An African-Canadian sister confronted me outside the club and said, “I just saw your boy, Gil Scott-Heron, get into a cab with three White women.”

I replied, “I saw him too and the three women were his aunt and two cousins.”

Scott-Heron finally met his father when he was 26. The meeting is immortalized on the “Bridges” album on the song “Hello Sunday! Hello Road!”

Says Scott-Heron:
”Manager we had just couldn't manage
So midnight managed right along
And it's got me out here with my brothers
And that's the thing that keeps me strong
Say Hello Sunday, Hello Road
Seems like Midnights' coming up on a town
The children on their way to Sunday school
I'm tippin' my hat to Miss Chocolate Brown
And it was on a Sunday that I met my old man
I was twenty-six years old
Naw but it was much too late to speculate
Say Hello Sunday, Hello Road
Hello Sunday, Hello Road“

When Bob Marley became too ill to perform, Stevie Wonder invited Scott-Heron to replace Marley on that tour. The Toronto Star assigned me to cover the concert and interview the 'Eighth Wonder of the World,' Stevie.

I ventured to Montreal only to discover that my soon-to-be friend, Dick Griffey, a concert promoter, president of the Black Music Association and head of Solar records-- was the promoter of this concert.

I was reunited with Scott-Heron in Montreal and he introduced me to his wife at the time, the Shreveport, Louisiana born actress Brenda Sykes.

When I was introduced to Ms. Sykes I joked: “My Uncle Printis married Rose who I believed was a Sykes and she was also born in Louisiana. We may be cousins by marriage.”

In a telephone conversion with my aunt she confirmed that Brenda is indeed her cousin.

It was in Montreal that I first met Scott-Heron’s brother, Dennis. Besides being a bit lighter in complexion than his brother, there was no doubt about it they were blood brothers. Dennis went on to manage his brother for a time.

Scott-Heron spoke about his father on one of his last tours of Scotland. Said Scott-Heron, “You Scottish folk always mention that my dad played for Celtic. It’s a blessing from the spirits”.

It has become a tradition among Scott-Heron fans to show up at his Glasgow shows in Celtic tops.

At one concert, he joked: “There you go again – once again overshadowed by a parent.”
Norman Richmond is a Toronto-based writer/broadcaster/human rights activist. Richmond can be reached [email protected]


wrote: Heron, born in Kingston, Jamaica, died Nov. 27. He had been hospitalized since January, but returned home in November. Heron met his future wife, Margaret Frize, while with Celtic.
Survivors include a daughter, Gayle sons Denis Heron & Gil
Scott-Heron a brother, Roy eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral is scheduled at Swanson Funeral Home on West McNicols Road in Detroit at noon Friday. Visiting hours are set for 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Now, to find out whether he's buried or cremated. And where.

Seen his son play a couple of times (musically ) ) but not quite old enough to have watched Gil.

Another mission for the NA Tims coming up.

wrote: I had tickets to see Gil Scott-Heron play in Edinburgh back in April but gig was cancelled due to ash cloud disruption and then quickly re-scheduled the following week when I couldn't go. Gutted. He has done really well to turn his life around and to start recording again.

Gil Senior led an amazing life, very well-travelled, and was great at a range of sports and had an array of other interests. He supposedly played cricket for Poloc while in Glasgow also. In Charlie Tully's book he talks about the crazy suits and clothes that Gil used to wear.

I recently got my hands on a copy of Gil Senior's book of poetry thanks to Frank Glencross and put up some info from it on the Wiki. There is only one poem about Celtic and his time in Glasgow, the majority are love poems:

The Great Ones
I'll remember all the great ones
Those that I have seen,
Those who I have played with
Who wore the white and green.

There was Tully and Bobby Evans
No greater ones you'd see,
And Celtic Park was our haven
To win was our destiny.

There was Sammy Cox and Thornton
Woodburn was there too,
Waddell and the great George Young
Who wore the white and blue.

There was Reilly and Turnbull for the Hibs
Billy Steele the great Dundee,
I'll remember all the great ones
Wherever I may be.

So let there be a Hall of Fame
The fans will all be there,
The stars will all be remembered
By loved ones everywhere.

wrote: The wee shamrock fella!!
Magic info on gil heron. In quite some detail too. well worth a read. maybe worth collating it together. On another note, i see that someone suggests that we check the glasgow observer for details on someone. I will be in the mitch later today and will be searching the gl. obs. be it on another subject. maybe the next two days, I will be there as well. Either post the dates you require searched, or pm or email me and i will spend a few hours over this week with a detailed going over.

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Matthew Heron (1782 - 1850)

• William Heron b. 10 Mar 1805 Kilwinning, Ayrshire d. 26 Feb 1876 Gloucester Towndhip, Carleton, Ontario[3] •Ann Heron b. 1807 Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, Scotland d. 7 Dec 1892 Gourock, Renfrewshire, Scotland [4] •Marion Heron b. 1808 Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland d. 16 Oct 1879 Ardrossan, Ayrshire, Scotland [5] •Robert Heron b. 1815 Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland d. aft 1861 Ontario, Canada [6]

Matthew married Agnes Sellars on 8 Mar 1817 Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland. Matthew and Agnes had 4 children.

• Margaret Heron b. 1818 Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland d. 1872 Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scotland [7] •Jean Heron b. 1822 Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland d. 6 Jul 1888 Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland [8] •Mathew Heron b. 1825 Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland d. 28 Mar 1879 Woodburn Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland [9] • Mary Heron b. 1830 Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland d. 16 Mar 1856 Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland [10]

Two sons Robert & William migrated to Canada with Matthew's brother Gilbert Heron and his family, in 1834. Their son William settled in Gore Junction of Gloucester Township in Canada West.

Extracted from the Heron message board at Ancestry. [11] & History of Bytown [1]

1851 Canadian Census, "son William is recorded with the surname HERN v's HERON in the 1861 Census.

Heron Family Reunion in 1934. A Celebration of Their Ancestors being in Canada for 100 Years ! [12]


The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association

Robert Heron buried at Wigton estate in 1810.

Associated Claims (1)

Estate Information (21)

Registered to Alexander Heron in Vere.

In the possession of Alexander Heron as executor to Robert Heron deceased.

In the possession of Alexander Heron as owner.

Registered to Alexander Heron.

Registered to Alexander Heron.

In the possession of George Smith as attorney to Alexander Heron esq. as owner and as executor to Robert Heron deceased. Increase by purchase from a variety of vendors.

Registered to Alexander Heron. Stock number unclear as page is torn.

Registered to Alexander Heron.

In the possession of Alexander Heron as Owner.

Registered to Alexander Heron.

Registered to Alexander Heron deceased.

In the possession of Alexander Woodburn as Executor of the late Alexander Heron deceased.

Registered to Alexander Heron deceased .

Registered to the estate of Alexander Heron.

Registered to the estate of Alexander Heron.

In the possession of Alexander Woodburn as Executor of the late Alexander Heron deceased.

Registered to Mrs. A. M. Heron.

Registered to Mrs. A. M. Heron.

In the possession of Anna Maria Heron as Executrix of Alexander Heron.

Registered to Anna Maria Heron.

Registered to James McCatty.

Further Information

People of Interest

Joseph Brown

Head driver on Great Valley estate in Hanover, Jamaica. Executed by hanging following Sam Sharpe's War.

Documents of Interest

Occupations of enslaved women on Buff Bay Plantation, 1819

The Buff Bay plantation was a sugar estate next to the Buff Bay River, south of Charlestown in Jamaica. By 1839, the estate was 840 acres.

© Copyright Legacies of British Slavery - UCL Department of History 2021

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