J. K. Rowling

by ethnic on October 13, 2010

J.K. Rowling  at a press conference to promote her "Open Book To

Birth Name: Joanne Rowling

Place of Birth: Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 31 July, 1965

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish, 1/16th Alsatian German, possibly 1/16th French

J. K. Rowling is an English novelist, screenwriter, and film producer. She is famous for writing the Harry Potter books.

J. K. is the daughter of Anne (Volant) and Peter John Rowling. She has three children, two with her husband, Scottish doctor Neil Murray, and one with her former husband, Portuguese television journalist Jorge Arantes.

While receiving the Légion d’honneur award in France, she mentioned that her great-grandfather, Louis François Alexandre Volant, received the same award for his service in the first World War.

J. K.’s paternal grandfather was Ernest Arthur Rowling (the son of Frank Harold Rowling and Louisa Mary Holland). Ernest was born in Walthamstow, Essex, England. Frank was the son of William Richard Rowling and Frances Emily Andrews. Louisa was the daughter of Charles Western Holland and Louisa Blay.

J. K.’s paternal grandmother Kathleen Ada Bulgen (the daughter of Thomas Edward Bulgen and Rose Caroline Card). Kathleen was born in Enfield, Middlesex, England. Thomas was the son of John Philpott Bulgen and Annie Elizabeth Warner. Rose was the daughter of Jack Card.

J. K.’s maternal grandfather was Stanley Georges Volant (the son of Louis François Alexandre Volant, born Louis Schuch, and of Eliza Mary Ann Smith). Stanley was born in St Marylebone, London, England. Louis was born in Paris, France, the son of Salomé Schuch, who was born in Brumath, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, of ethnic German descent; Louis was raised by Salomé’s husband, Louis Pierre Volant, who was evidently not Louis’s biological father. Eliza was the daughter of Henry Smith and Elisabeth/Elizabeth Hunter.

J. K.’s maternal grandmother was Louisa “Freda” Carolina/Caroline Smith or Watts (the daughter of Dugald Campbell and Mary Smith). Louisa was born in Islington, Middlesex, England, and was raised by the Watts family. Dugald was Scottish, from Lamlash, Isle of Arran, Scotland, and was the son of The Rev. Colin Fisher Campbell, a Presbyterian minister, from Kilchattan, and of Anne Mary MacMillan.

Sources: Genealogies of J. K. Rowling – http://genealogy.about.com

Information on some of J. K.’s other ancestors – http://www.telegraph.co.uk

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Daron March 5, 2017 at 2:31 pm

Happy Potter isn’t that good.

neiltennant February 15, 2017 at 3:16 pm


andrew February 22, 2016 at 6:50 am
Robert August 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Her great grandfather, Dr. Dugald CAMPBELL, may have been full blooded Highland Scot.

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