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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / 1650s Scots - mostly undecipherable to me.
« on: Wednesday 20 January 16 18:21 GMT (UK)  »
Any help greatly appreciated on this, thanks in advance.

Lanarkshire / James White born 1803 Carluke, Married Jean Brunton
« on: Tuesday 04 February 14 22:11 GMT (UK)  »
I'm interesting in any information on James White, born or baptised  17 Jan 1803 in Carluke, died possibly 1840. In particular I'm trying to trace his marriage certificate to Jean Brunton and finding where she was born.

He had 4 children

Betty White 14 Jan 1826 carluke 18 Feb 1900 carluke
Robert White 18 Nov 1827 carluke 06 Aug 1897 carluke
Mary White 27 Dec 1829 carluke
David White 20 Oct 1832 Carluke   1841 carluke

Is this persons family familiar to anyone?

Peeblesshire / David Bell, Traquair, died 1691
« on: Thursday 09 January 14 09:22 GMT (UK)  »
David Bell, Traquair, died 1691. Worked as a tailor.

Anyone come across this person, his wife or children?

I know his gravestones in Traquair.

Scotland / Suicide Notes, 1870s, what happened to them
« on: Tuesday 31 December 13 12:30 GMT (UK)  »
What happened to suicide notes after the "precognition", around 1870s. Were they returned to the family, filed or destroyed?

Scotland / Militia Lists, 1711 meanings of phrases
« on: Friday 25 October 13 18:44 BST (UK)  »
Excuse my ignorance, but how exactly do these two phrases equate to

"ground of exemption claimed"

in the Selkirkshire Militia list of 1811.


and what seems like

L.O.M. or L.O.W.

There is a lack of age on this person also.

Selkirkshire / David Brunton, Yarrowford, died 1824, I've found his father.
« on: Tuesday 22 October 13 20:09 BST (UK)  »
After 2 years trying to suss this one out I have finally found the answer.

No birth certificate exists for David, or his known sister Joan. (Joan married William Tait in 1811. Both were from Yarrowford). We know Joan was the sister of David through the 1851 census record for her husband, who was living with David Bruntons child (William) and Williams wife, Janet Inglis. William is described as "nephew"

So we are left with no parents for David Brunton, who died in 1824 and no birth certificates for David or Joan.

Now, in 1782 the Bruntons were involved in a dispute with the Incorporation of Taylors in Selkirk. Three of the Yarrowford Bruntons were working for a man called John Inglis in Selkirk. The Incorporation tried to prevent the Bruntons from working anywhere in Selkirk, so they effectively couldn't do business. The Bruntons seem to have basically "left the town" of Selkirk and went back to Yarrowford.

Now, I have obtained a document from 26 April 1782 which included the names of the Bruntons as

"David Brunton Senior, James Brunton and David Brunton Junior"

Looking at the known children of David Brunton senior he had Agnes, Alexander, James and Janet. Last birth being 1760. (I can find no positive history for Alexander - all I have is a birth certificate)

James was baptised in Yarrow (whilst residing in Hangingshaw Mains) on 31 January 1758. He went on to marry Christian Boyd and moved from Yarrow, to Kirkhope around 1790 then Barony in what is now Strathclyde. He was a taylor by trade.

William Tait, the husband of Joan Brunton, was

Cautioner at Agnes Bruntons eldest sons (Adam) wedding. (1815)
Cautioner at Agnes Bruntons eldest daughters (Margaret) wedding. (1814)

David Brunton Junior was witness at Adams eldest sons baptism (1816)

There are no other taylors called David Brunton in the town of Yarrowford at this time. David Brunton Senior died in 1786.

Looking at the 1811 militia records only one David Brunton appears in Yarrow.

David Brunton had another court case in 1790 in Selkirk, suing Christian Lillico for non-payment. So it would seem he was working in Selkirk again.

We have a court record stating that David Bruntons father was David Brunton. We, as yet, have no mothers name. David Brunton seniors father was Alexander Brunton, who married Janet Bell, in Traquair, on the 14 June 1716. Alexander had 6 children in total that I can find.

Now, things I need to do...

Find out why the taylors tried to ban us from Selkirk - I am trying to find the incorporation of taylors minutes which I beleive are still in Selkirk. - correction, the period I am after isn't in the hands of the museum services.

Find the other papers relating to the 1782 case - I know at least 12 more pages exist. I also know that George Rodger has a collection of letters for the period kicking around in Hawick.

Find out if Joan Brunton was actually a mistype for Jean Brunton, who was born in Dumfries in 1777 to a taylor named David Brunton. (Dumfries was on a direct road to Yarrow). There is a possibility that David was a journeyman tailor in Dumfries then went to work for John Inglis in Selkirk. i need to prove/disprove that one.

If you want the documents behind all this then PM me.

Any map of this please

WILTON CEMETERY- HAWICK  Lair Compartment G, number 1117

Lair Compartment G, number 1117 was purchased by Robert Russell Brunton.

Interments are as follows:-

Date of Interment: 27th June 1877 Agnes Moffat or Brunton, widow of Robert Brunton, 9 Wilton Crescent, died aged 51 years

Date of Interment: 14th November 1878 - Agnes Moffat Brunton, died in Melrose Asylum, aged 29 years

Date of Interment: 23rd February 1917 - Elizabeth Brunton, Housekeeper, 17A Lothian Street, died aged 69 years.


Robert Russell Brunton was the son of Agnes Moffat, born 1852. He was buried in the Red Sea on his way to New Zealand.


Anyone got a map of this please

Brierylaw, Selkirk - Lair Section F, numbers 14 and 15

Lair Section F, numbers 14 and 15 were purchased by William Brunton, Mitchells Close, Selkirk


Interments are as follows:-

Date of Interment: 10th January 1887 - John A Brunton, Mitchells Close, died 8/1/1887 aged 3years 3 months

Date of Interment: 7th June 1921 - Isa Scott or Brunton, The Homestead, Stirling, died 4th June 1921 aged 74 years



Interments are as follows:-

Date of Interment: 30th August 1888 - William M Brunton, Coachman, Mitchells Close, died 28/8/1888 aged 43 years

Date of Interment: 23rd September 1900 - Elizabeth Brunton, Millworker, 41 Forest Road, Selkirk, died 20/9/1900 aged 19 years 10mths

Scotland / What is your understanding of a "small inn", about 1820
« on: Thursday 10 October 13 20:06 BST (UK)  »
Around 1820 my ancestor had a "small inn at Yarrowford", he was also described as a publican.

Now, would this just be, say, a room in the cottage that would be used to serve ale and food, or is the term literally as is now, beer, food and lodging.

I take it these were also unregulated, so no "incorporation of innkeepers" and no way of finding out about this.

Was it also unusual for a taylor to take up this innkeeper role as a totally new occupation due to, I presume, failing health.

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