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Hey's 'Oxford Companion to Local Family History'
« on: Monday 16 July 18 14:23 BST (UK) »
Does anyone have a copy of Hey's 'Oxford Companion to  Family and Local History'? If so, could someone tell me what description he uses for the term 'friend' as used in wills?
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Re: Hey's 'Oxford Companion to Local Family History'
« Reply #1 on: Monday 16 July 18 14:35 BST (UK) »
As far as I can see in the 1996 edition, the only mention of friends in the entry for wills is in the phrase "friends [were] called in to sign as witnesses". There's no specific separate entry for friends.
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Re: Hey's 'Oxford Companion to Local Family History'
« Reply #2 on: Monday 16 July 18 14:37 BST (UK) »
I can't see any entry for "friend" either in my 1998 edition. However the OED has this definition " A close relation, a kinsman or kinswoman. In later use regional (chiefly Sc. and Irish English (northern))."

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Re: Hey's 'Oxford Companion to Local Family History'
« Reply #3 on: Monday 16 July 18 14:54 BST (UK) »
The OED also states that blood-friend is Scottish for a blood relative.

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Re: Hey's 'Oxford Companion to Local Family History'
« Reply #4 on: Monday 16 July 18 15:03 BST (UK) »
Thanks for the replies everyone.
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Re: Hey's 'Oxford Companion to Local Family History'
« Reply #5 on: Monday 16 July 18 15:31 BST (UK) »
I can only speak for Scotland, and certainly in rural Scotland the word "freend' (friend) could be used to mean a relative and not just a friend. It was used that way up to and including my late father's generation in Fife - he was born in 1911 - but I don't know if it's still current in that sense or not.

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Re: Hey's 'Oxford Companion to Local Family History'
« Reply #6 on: Monday 16 July 18 15:52 BST (UK) »
I can only speak for Scotland, and certainly in rural Scotland the word "freend' (friend) could be used to mean a relative and not just a friend.

As the quote I posted from the OED states.
" A close relation, a kinsman or kinswoman. In later use regional (chiefly Sc(ottish). and Irish English (northern))."

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Re: Hey's 'Oxford Companion to Local Family History'
« Reply #7 on: Monday 16 July 18 17:43 BST (UK) »
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