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Dumfriesshire / Re: John Murray
« on: Sunday 20 November 11 13:34 GMT (UK)  »
You might strike lucky if you go to this page and use the search function.  There's over a hundred entries for "John Murray"!


Dumfriesshire / Re: Strange Placename -- OBERDOLLYLAND
« on: Tuesday 14 June 11 17:12 BST (UK)  »
Drop a line to Langholm Archive Centre.  They have folk on the ground with local knowledge.

Langholm Parish only came into existence in 1703, so my money is still on Staplegordon = OBERDOLLYLAND, especially with the transcription being word for word.


Dumfriesshire / Re: Strange Placename -- OBERDOLLYLAND
« on: Tuesday 14 June 11 13:26 BST (UK)  »
From 1912 edition of "Langholm As It Was" page 889: Register of Baptisms of Staplegordon.


Jan 21 The sd. day Mary Lyttle d. to John Lyttle in Long.  Wit. William fforsyths in Longholme and William Brown yr

Surely Oberdollyland = Staplegordon



Dumfriesshire / Re: Scott (& Tinning) Family Look-up Request
« on: Sunday 23 January 11 21:12 GMT (UK)  »
Go to

and newspaper index.

11 entries under "Tinning"

Indexed so far is 1848 to 1878 with about three years being added every year.


Dumfriesshire / Re: memorials of st michaels churchyard, dumfries link
« on: Wednesday 12 January 11 17:21 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you for posting that.

Found my 4 x G Grandfather, James McLure on page 108.


Scotland / Recent census 1971, 1981
« on: Sunday 02 January 11 11:04 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone help with the population of the counties of


in 1971 and 1981

I just cannot find links after searching through Google.

Many thanks,


Roxburghshire / Re: Help with Hawick in 1840's/50's
« on: Saturday 27 November 10 11:28 GMT (UK)  »
The site of "Fore Row" is now within Drumlanrig Square in the west end of Hawick.

If Fore Street and Fore Row are the same, then according to "Hawick Place Names" published 1947, Fore Row occupied the south side, Mid Row the centre and Back Row the north side.  (There's no entry for "Fore Street")

I'm not sure about Bridge Street (no entry in the above book), but there is a North Bridge Street "from their leading to and from the north.  First house 1845."

There's many pictures of old Hawick in "Pictures from the Past of Auld Hawick" by Vernon and McNairn published 1911.  I see a copy on just now.

I hope this may help.


Roxburghshire / Re: Peter Scott, R.I.P.
« on: Monday 31 May 10 09:58 BST (UK)  »
Adding a little bit more to HDW's post:
Mary Brydon was daughter of James Brydon, b 1815 in Castleton, and Esther Laidlaw b ca 1819 in Hawick. 

Mary's sister, Betsy Scott (b 1843, Hawick, ms Brydon) had four children, one of whom, Esther Scott b 1874, Hawick, married John Pettigrew mentioned in Harry's post in 1907.

Esther Scott's uncle, Walter Scott, b May 1836, was co-founder, along with William Lyle, of the Hawick hosiery firm Lyle and Scott.

Attached is a photograph of a Peter Scott "Mill Picnic" from happier times in the early 1950s - perhaps someone can identify the location.

Dumfriesshire / Re: Claygate and Thornithwaite
« on: Thursday 25 March 10 09:03 GMT (UK)  »
If it's any help, Knottyholme has been variously spelt more recently as Knittyholm and Nittyholm, with a photos on and also


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