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Re: Scottish Letter (1710) Need 2 Words Deciphering Please
« Reply #9 on: Friday 29 December 17 18:10 GMT (UK) »
Are you sure it says McBraines not McGrieve ?

I don't see McBraines either, but there's definitely no v in the name.

See have, given, silver and alive lower down in the text.

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Re: Scottish Letter (1710) Need 2 Words Deciphering Please
« Reply #10 on: Friday 29 December 17 18:53 GMT (UK) »
Are you sure it says McBraines not McGrieve ?

I don't see McBraines either, but there's definitely no v in the name.

See have, given, silver and alive lower down in the text.

I don't see a capital G in it either. There are plenty of those elsewhere in the document, for comparison.

I read the name as James Mcbraire.

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Re: Scottish Letter (1710) Need 2 Words Deciphering Please
« Reply #11 on: Friday 29 December 17 19:35 GMT (UK) »
McCrerie? Which is an attested name.

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Re: Scottish Letter (1710) Need 2 Words Deciphering Please
« Reply #12 on: Friday 29 December 17 20:09 GMT (UK) »
Funnily enough I originally saw it as 'Mcbraire/Mcbreire', but hadn't heard of that name before so dismissed it. Google shows that there was a James McBraire in 1691 in Wigtownshire, so I'll rummage around with that name a bit more tomorrow...

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Re: Scottish Letter (1710) Need 2 Words Deciphering Please
« Reply #13 on: Saturday 30 December 17 23:14 GMT (UK) »
Possibly found him...

This is almost certainly James McBrair (aka McBraire/McBrayer) of Kirkpatrick, Irongray, Dumfries; the Maxwells were of Barncleugh, Irongray, Dumfries, so they were virtual neighbours. And some time after 1700 'Maxwell of Barncleugh obtained a Decreit of Adjudication against McBrair of Netherwood' (Netherwood, Almagill, Newark and Nethergill being other lands owned by the McBrair family), as Maxwell was reputedly disputing the rights of the Barncleugh estate with regard to Netherwood's lands.

'Robert', lost at sea in 1707 in the E. Indies referred to a little lower down, was possibly the son (b.1677) of 'David McBrair of Dumfries' - if only I could link him to the 'Great London', which I've discovered was an EIC ship.

I'll keep plugging away.

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Re: Scottish Letter (1710) Need 2 Words Deciphering Please
« Reply #14 on: Sunday 31 December 17 10:26 GMT (UK) »
The first mystery word seems to end ...more [Wine?], and I've discovered that at this time there were imported drinks called Huile d'Amour and Parfait d'Amour - perhaps it's a poor rendition of the first one..?

...but he was not soe civill (for all he promised my Brother to let him know when he went) as to call  other than for Huile d'Amour Wine..?

 :-\