We Cornish are justifiably proud of our Cornishness and have a deep sense of belonging to a particular place and family. Over the past few years I have enjoyed the visits of many members of the UDY family who have called to see me in their search for information about their ancestors. I have found a great joy in sharing my knowledge of the family with them. My great-great grandmother Nancy was a UDY and I remember when I was a child my paternal grandmother talking with deep affection of her. She, despite a very hard life, had a heart of gold and a deep love of people.
James, who is President of the World Methodist Historical Society, has used his great historical knowledge and breadth of vision in writing A Pride of Lions. We have a family history to be proud of. I believe that it will be of interest not only to the UDY family but to all who have any interest in Cornish history, for the UDYs are typical of many Cornish families who have given much service to their local communities, not only in Cornwall but in the four corners of the world. They have never been afraid to speak their minds on issues dear to them and to fight tenaciously for the underdog.
I hope as you read this book you will feel part of the ever unfolding story of the UDY family.
Foreword by Barry KINSMEN (‘Bugel Petrok’, Cornish Bard Name) of St Issey, Cornwall. Dated September 1994