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Reading an 1851 census record
« on: Saturday 18 February 17 09:17 GMT (UK) »
Hi, I'm trying to read the handwriting on an 1851 census, and wondered if someone who knows old Roxburgh place names might be able to help. John Riddle aged 64 born about 1787 in ....? Roxburgh. It has been transcribed as Fedlarte, but I can't find any reference to that name in the past.

The census was taken in Edderton, Ross and Cromarty. I have a copy of the census record, but find the handwriting difficult to decipher.

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Re: Reading an 1851 census record
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 18 February 17 09:21 GMT (UK) »
Hi

Is it possible for you to put up a  snip of the entry - just the relevant bit, please?

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Re: Reading an 1851 census record
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 18 February 17 09:24 GMT (UK) »
Hi Gadget - I would if I could, but I don't really know how to do that, sorry.

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Re: Reading an 1851 census record
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 18 February 17 09:36 GMT (UK) »
Attached - the first letter may be a J. Will have a look around a map

Added - I see that Cavers has been spelt with a K
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Re: Reading an 1851 census record
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 18 February 17 09:46 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Gadget. That was clever of you. I look forward to seeing what you can discover!

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Re: Reading an 1851 census record
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 18 February 17 09:47 GMT (UK) »
The first part certainly looks like Jed but no way is the second part burgh . I wonder if he said it something like 'Jedbar' and it was written down as Jedbart  :-\

Added - the first letter matches other Js on the page.
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Re: Reading an 1851 census record
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 18 February 17 10:00 GMT (UK) »
I've been looking through the list of placenames in Roxburgh on the ScotlandsPlaces site and the only others than Jedburgh that look anything like are

Jed neuk
Jedhead
Jedbank

(nothing in the OPR bpts either  :-\   )
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« Reply #7 on: Saturday 18 February 17 10:05 GMT (UK) »
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Re: Reading an 1851 census record
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 18 February 17 16:07 GMT (UK) »
I tried looking on Scotlandspeople for a John Riddle born between 1780 and 1790 in Roxburghshire, using the Fuzzy Matching option to cover all variant spellings, and the only hit was John "Riddel", born and baptised on 29th March 1786 at Kelso to William Riddel and his spouse Isobel Lang. So the strange-looking place-name is presumably in Kelso parish.

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