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Coombs, Herbert Cole (under Honorific Adoption)

It is not unusual for adults to be adopted as honorary members of a family, clan or tribe. There are two main types. One is the publicity-stunt adoption of politicians, usually western l... [more]

Grahame, Kenneth

Grahame was orphaned when only a few years old and he and his sisters were raised by their grandmother. Another source says that his mother died when he was five. His alcoholic father s... [more]

Hamilton, Alexander

Hamilton and his older brother were the illegitimate sons of James Hamilton, a Scottish trader, and Rachel Faucett Lavien, who was married to another man. He was born on the Caribbean islan... [more]

Massow, Ivan

Massow was adopted aged 12, after four previous families and two other names. He is dyslexic and left school with only two 'O' levels, but he is now a multi-millionaire financial advisor... [more]

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