Posted by: secretperson | April 29, 2008

Some Corner of a Pacific Island that is For Ever the West Country

Inhabitants of Palmerston Atoll in the Pacific have a West Country accent because they are all descended from one man.

William Marsters settled on the island in 1863, with four polynesian wives and had 54 grandchildren by his death in 1899. Linguists have worked out from the accents of the islanders, that Mr Marsters was originally from Gloucestershire (like me).

Sadly there are no sound clips, but hopefully it’ll get on TV soon. Sounds like perfect, and finally, news at ten type stuff. I’d be curious to hear.

It’ll be interesting to see if, following this discovery, any of the islanders can track down a Gloucestershire relative.

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