Welcome to Our Website

This site is a mixture of bits and pieces. The most significant items are information on our family tree and also on Ralph Copeland (3rd Astronomer Royal for Scotland) and his family. The link between these items is a set of letters written by Ralph Copeland from 1896 until his death in 1905 to one of my great great grandfathers, Fred Holloway. Copies and transcripts of these letters can be found on this site.

You can also find some write ups of some of my cycling expeditions over the last few years plus a list of books that I have read and enjoyed. These are intended as highlights rather than an exhaustive list

You can contact me at eric@ericpercival.co.uk

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Panda's Coast to Coast Challenge Ride

This year (2012) Alexander and I did the coast to coast ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland between 19th and 22nd May. You can find a blog of our adventure with some photos at Panda's Blog. He raised more than 400 pounds for Guide Dogs.

Land's End to John O'Groats

2010's big adventure was to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats (LEJoG)with my friend and former colleague Sandy. We set off from Edinburgh on the 4th June, taking a train to Penzance. From there we cycled to Sennen where we spent the night at the bottom of a steep hill - a warning of what was to come over the next two days! We set off from Land's End the following day on 5th June 2010 and taking in The Lizard and Dunnet Head along the way arrived at John O'Groats 14 days later on the 18th June. We raised money for RP - Fighting Blindness. We would like to thank everyone who donated to this worthwhile cause. You can find the story of our adventure at Blog of our Land's End to John O'Groats cycle trip

You can find a list of other LEJoG blogs and sites at Alan Pewsey's site