Letter to Editor – Staniforth Surname Study

Letter to Editor – Staniforth Surname Study


Dear Editor,

My name is Nathan Staniforth, I am a Sheffield (England) native currently living in Texas, USA. Over the past few years I have been working on a One-Surname-Project on the Staniforth Surname which was, and is still prevalent in Yorkshire, Derbyshire and the surrounding counties.

I have now begun to put my piles and piles of research together in the form of a website which I have developed and built from the ground up.

Over the course of my research I have discovered many interesting stories, the Staniforths were Lord Mayors of Liverpool, London Bankers, Irish Lighthouse keepers, Members of Parliament in Hull, London and Australia and even Clowns in Texas! Most importantly we were involved in the smithing of Sickles, Scythes and Cutlery in Derbyshire and Yorkshire.

I was featured in the Sheffield Star last year regarding my research and was interviewed on BBC Radio Sheffield shortly after. I was also featured in a small local newspaper in the west of Ireland regarding my research on the local Lighthouse keepers.

I wanted to reach out and see if you would be willing to write up a story regarding my new Staniforth Society website in the hopes that any Staniforth’s in the local area might see it and reach out, I have already linked up Staniforths from the US, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and many parts of the UK and my ‘World Tree’ now contains over 3,000 people across various lines.

One man in particular was involved in an ambush during the Fenian Rebellions in the 1800s, he was based in Carrigaholt, Clare and the ambush today is known as the Kilbaha Ambush.

This mans descendants where known lighthouse keepers across Ireland particularly connected to Valentia Island there in Kerry. This is the particular line I would like to do a story on if possible.

Nathan Staniforth


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.