Entry: kernel of truth
Description: The journalist Isabel Fonseca records that in Romania, among the Romani, the best story was deemed the correct one, if not the truest. With grandparents competing to ply their family with a lasting story small wonder the infant ears misheard dates and places and only the most fantastic tales survive. But among them may be a kernel of truth. The Irish ancestor was probably Scottish; the remembered migration happened 30 years earlier than thought; and the child held by John Wesley was really baptised by another, less renowned, leader.