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Re: Aberlady/Haddington Death - Struggling with burial location
« Reply #9 on: Sunday 10 September 17 00:29 BST (UK) »
Not every burial has a gravestone. There can be lots of reasons for this. Your best would be as suggested already, to contact the local council and ask them to do a search in their burial registers. That should pinpoint if this person was buried there, gravestone or not, and may identify the location.

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Re: Aberlady/Haddington Death - Struggling with burial location
« Reply #10 on: Sunday 10 September 17 14:38 BST (UK) »
I did phone the local council office on Thursday just to check that these people were buried in Aberlady Church Yard. It turns out that the council only holds records of burials there from 1925 to now. I was advised to contact the church office as they have the burial records up to 1925. The office is only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I'll phone on Tuesday and hope to have some news, or at least an update, then.  A

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Re: Aberlady/Haddington Death - Struggling with burial location
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday 12 September 17 10:38 BST (UK) »
Hi,

In the Scotsman 17 May 1928, there is an obituary for Annie Guy, widow of David Bryce Tod, in her 88th year, Funeral was on Saturday, Aberlady, 2pm. Her address at that time was 182, Easter Road, Edinburgh.

Hope this helps.

Tom Buchanan

PS Saturday would have been 19 May 1928.
Scotland - Buchanan, Thomson, Pat(t)erson, Stewart, Ritchie, Tracey
Ireland - Tracey, Conroy, Pat(t)erson.

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Re: Aberlady/Haddington Death - Struggling with burial location
« Reply #12 on: Tuesday 12 September 17 10:44 BST (UK) »
Hi again,

I also found a death notice in Scotsman 14 Jul 1934 for James Tod died 12 July 1934, son of the late David Bryce Tod. Funeral was to leave 13 Blantyre Terrace, Edinburgh to Aberlady. Friends wishing to attend were invited to meet cortege at Aberlady churchyard on Sunday at 3:00pm.

Tom Buchanan

PS Sunday would have been 15 July 1934
Scotland - Buchanan, Thomson, Pat(t)erson, Stewart, Ritchie, Tracey
Ireland - Tracey, Conroy, Pat(t)erson.

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Re: Aberlady/Haddington Death - Struggling with burial location
« Reply #13 on: Tuesday 12 September 17 12:01 BST (UK) »
Hi,

Not sure if you are aware, but there is 2 entries on Wills and testament page of Scotland Peoples website, could download will at least, for 10 credits, 2.33 approx.
Tod
David Bryce
30/4/1919
The Temperance Hotel, Aberlady, d. 14/03/1919 at Aberlady, testate.
Haddington Sheriff Court
SC40/40/39
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Tod
David Bryce
30/4/1919
The Temperance Hotel, Aberlady, d. 14/03/1919 at Aberlady, testate.
Haddington Sheriff Court Wills
SC40/43/10

Tom Buchanan
Scotland - Buchanan, Thomson, Pat(t)erson, Stewart, Ritchie, Tracey
Ireland - Tracey, Conroy, Pat(t)erson.

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Re: Aberlady/Haddington Death - Struggling with burial location
« Reply #14 on: Tuesday 12 September 17 13:13 BST (UK) »
Thank you both Tom and Anne for all your help!!

I will certainly access those records on the Scotland's People website. It does seem as though both were laid to rest in Aberlady, but perhaps don't have grave markers. Of course the Will of David may well provide some clues towards why that might be the case

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Re: Aberlady/Haddington Death - Struggling with burial location
« Reply #15 on: Tuesday 12 September 17 18:01 BST (UK) »
Well, today was the day for my trip to Aberlady Church Yard. Sorry it couldn't have been sooner - 'life' and some bad weather got in the way!

I went along expecting that the Church Office would be near the church and that I could go in, be given the lair information I was looking for, and then go and find and photograph the headstone and grave of David Bryce Tod.  WRONG!  I couldn't find the office so I phoned it, only to be told that they don't have that information, and they 'refer people to the Council'!  So round in circles!   I have a phone number for someone who might know where this information can be had so I'll contact him as soon as I can, and report back, of course.

It's a beautiful old churchyard so I did look around the older sections, just in case! Having read the recent information on this thread I thought the gravestone I'd be looking for might be substantial and imposing but I didn't find it, of course.   But I will persevere! 

Anne











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Re: Aberlady/Haddington Death - Struggling with burial location
« Reply #16 on: Wednesday 13 September 17 12:41 BST (UK) »
Thank you Anne, I really do appreciate you taking the time and effort to do this!! Thank you so much for all you've done.

I've downloaded David's will from Scotland's People and if i'm reading it correctly it would seem he had quite a few debts when he died and didn't leave a great deal of money to his wife. So it may be that there wasn't any money available for a gravestone?