Elegant newsreader Moira Stuart was born and brought up in Britain,
but has spent a lifetime trying to answer the question, 'But where are
"I couldn't give a definitive answer," she says. "I am a true mongrel
- and proud of it."
In fact Stuart is far from being the first member of her family to
make their mark here.
"I come from a long line of outsiders - they have been invading this
joint for generations," she laughs. "But was the reaction to them hostile?
Were they treated as exotic strangers - or were they ignored?"
Stuart's mother Marjorie came to Britain in 1935 and attended a Catholic
"She trained as a nurse during the war and met and married Harold Stuart,"
But her parents divorced when she was only ten months old.
Her mother Marjorie recalls: "Harold and I were used to high living
with servants but during the war there was the stress of rationing and
making a living and our relationship couldn't survive."
It is to Scotland Stuart turns to track down her grandmother, Clara
- a pioneering medical student in Edinburgh, where she met and married
"I met Clara very briefly before she died and the strongest impression
is that she was very kind, but remote; gorgeously elegant, but distant.
"She must have been pretty near to being the first female medical student,"
says Stuart proudly. "But she never completed her studies - he graduated,
but she didn't. They call it love!"
Further back, Stuart's great-grandfather came to Britain from Dominica
in 1899 to study law, but she learned he was so poor as a child that
he would walk over a mile barefoot to school.
"He made a speech at the pan-African Conference and was definitely
a mover and a shaker for the good of those around him."
But slavery is the common root of Stuart's family tree and she discovers
one of the reasons why her ancestors were more privileged than others.
"There is a rage within me and a guilt that my family were closer
to the big house," she admits.
"It seems the ultimate indignity that there should be a hierarchy in
something as disgusting as slavery. It will be some time before the
echoes and shouts of slavery will fade."