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Roper Family

The ropemakers of Tighfield

A branch of the family descended from Hamfast of Gamwich, associated with the village of Tighfield in the Shire. The name 'Roper' developed from a family tradition apparently started by the grandson of Hamfast, Hob Gammidge, and continued by his son, Hobson, who was also known as Roper Gamgee. 'Roper' first came to be used as a family name in the next generation: Hobson's own eldest son was known as Andwise Roper (the 'Uncle Andy' that Sam refers to occasionally in The Lord of the Rings). Andwise had a son in turn, Anson, but it is unclear whether he continued the roping tradition of his forebears.

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