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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / John Stewart - 1642 Scottish Will
« on: Wednesday 27 September 23 21:14 BST (UK)  »
Another John Stewart!  Probably father or grandfather of the one in my last post (1707 testament dative).

I should be getting the hang of this, but I've been staring at it and very little has jumped out at me so far.  I'm only posting the 1st page (of 6) for now because I'm hoping to have a stab at the rest if someone can tell me what some of this says please.   ???

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / John Steuart - 1707 Scottish Testament Dative
« on: Sunday 24 September 23 15:00 BST (UK)  »
Hi.  I've transcribed most of this, but there are a couple of little bits I could do with help on please - highlighted red below.

1st page

Mr John Steuart.  11 August 1707.

The testament dative and inventary of the goods and gear pertaining and belonging to umquhill mr John Steuart elder of Ascoge advocat the time of his deceiss who deceased within the city of Edinburgh in the month of ____ M VI C and four year [1704] ffaithfully me and given up by mr William Weir and mr Adam Colt advocate curators to and as having best knowledge in name and behalf of James Stewart eldest sone to the said defunct his second marriage and only exec. dative as creditor to him in sua farr as the said umquhill mr John Steuart by his dispositione dated the XXVI day of march M VI C and IIV year[1703] assigned and disponed his whole Ö. In Edbr Ö. And Ö. Together with what in Glasgow in cellars he had unsold or brought to Edbr as also what of Ö. He had in Bute or any where else comprehending yrin [therein] all his moveables of ...

London and Middlesex / St. James Westminster - Stewart & Hutchinson
« on: Sunday 17 September 23 11:29 BST (UK)  »
Iím looking for two men who were apparently buried ďin St. JamesĒ in London.  They were both from County Antrim and were probably cousins.  They were relatively high status, so there is a chance there may be a tablet or vault.

Ancestry has the burial records which confirms their burial dates:
-   Col. Charles Stuart Ė 2nd Dec 1710
-   Archibald Hutcheson Esq Ė 18th Aug 1740

I have found transcripts of St James headstones, but the earliest date I found was 1795, so I guess it relates to the new(er) graveyard at St James Gardens?

Does anyone know if there were any burials inside the church?

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Ninian Stewart - Scottish 1661 Inventory
« on: Monday 04 September 23 22:48 BST (UK)  »
I have a 1661 document in Scots which I'm struggling to translate.  It starts off saying it is a testament dative, so to quote GR2...

If the document starts by saying it is a testament testamentar, then it will contain a will in which the deceased gives details of legacies , nominates an executor etc., followed by an inventory. If the document starts by saying it is a testament dative, then the deceased did not make a will and what is given is the confirmation of an executor and an inventory.

So far I have managed to get the first two lines (I think), but beyond that I am stuck.

The testament dative and inventar of ye goods geir debtes and sommes of money
quhilk perteinit to unquille Niniane Stewart of Kilcatten the tyme of his deceis

Some Stewarts in County Antrim are said to have inherited the estates if a cousin Ninian Stewart of Kilchattan in about 1664.  I guess this is that Ninian, so I'm wondering if the will mentions any family.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / 1664 Scottish Will
« on: Wednesday 10 November 21 21:38 GMT (UK)  »
Hi All,

Attached is a snippet from a Scottish will dated 1664.  I think this starts with the word ďitemĒ but after that Iím not making much out.  Iím not even completely sure it is in English.

I would appreciate a bit of help with a few lines to help me get my eye in.


Gloucestershire / Thomas Owens of Bristol (c1762)
« on: Sunday 05 September 21 11:12 BST (UK)  »
Hi All,

The 1762 will of Robert Owens of the parish of Connor in County Antrim contains this provision if all his children die without issue:

I order the one half of all they died possessed of be equally divided amongst my broír Williamís children and the other half to be given to my Cozín Thomas Owens of Bristol & if he be dead at the time I order his half Along [?] to Broír Williamís children equally divided as before mentionedÖ

Iím just putting this out there in case someone knows of this Thomas Owens and how he connects back to the Owens family in Co Antrim.  According to a registration of their coat of arms in 1842, the family was originally from Wales (probably c1600s).

I have found the will of a Thomas Owens of Bristol (mariner) in the Court of Canterbury Wills, but it is a bit early (1748) and thereís nothing to indicate heís my man.  Iím not overly familiar with English records, so Iím open to suggestions.


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Somewhere in Germany c1930?
« on: Monday 20 July 20 21:47 BST (UK)  »
Hi All,

I'm curious to know the location of this photo.  It is labelled on the back, but I can't quite make out the name.  I think the first word ends in "tag" and there are a couple of other photos from the same envelope taken in Germany in 1930.


Other Countries / Alexandria, Egypt - British marriage in 1943
« on: Tuesday 16 June 20 21:25 BST (UK)  »
Hi All,

I have three photos taken at a wedding which took place at All Saints Church in Alexandria on 18th May 1943. 

All I know is that my grandmother (Kathleen Stevenson) was the bridesmaid.  She was in the WAAF, and it is likely the bride was too.  Going by the groomís cap, he was in the RAF.

Iíd like to figure out the names of the couple.  Iíve no experience of researching in Egypt, so Iím not sure where to look.  Perhaps military records will be the place to start in this case?


Ireland / Registry of Deeds: Mysterious Missing Memorial?
« on: Wednesday 10 June 20 22:10 BST (UK)  »
Hi All,

I have found a reference to a memorial I want to see, but it seems to be missing and I was wondering,

1.   Have you come across similar missing deeds?
2.   Have you any tips for how I may find the missing memorial?

The memorial I am looking for is listed in the land index for County Donegal (1739-1810) here:

It is down near the bottom left (Gortoquigly Ė Rea to Hamilton & anr b307 p53 No202977).  So I went to book 307 page 53:

There's no sign of 202977, but there is 202959, so it canít be far away.  Next page is 202978 Ö where is 202977!? 

Iíve tried searching the books above and below 307 too.  Below is a list of each book with the memorial numbers closest to 202977.  Iíve found 202975, 202976, 202978 and 202979 but not the one I want!

Book 296 = 200616/210015
Book 297 = 197726/
Book 298 = 201837/207811
Book 299 = 200345/209343
Book 300 = 201951/203585
Book 301 = 202940/203023
Book 302 = 202976/203025
Book 303 = 202793/203174
Book 304 = 202956/204565
Book 305 = 202975/202979
Book 306 = 202968/203013
Book 307 = 202959/202978
Book 308 = /203147
Book 309 = /203923
Book 310 = /204480

Iíve also checked the Grantorís Index for ďRea to HamiltonĒ and ďHamilton to ReaĒ deeds, but have not found any more clues.


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