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Breconshire / Re: Porthamal Cottage? - Bronllys
« on: Wednesday 06 April 22 22:31 BST (UK)  »
There are two cottages currently occupying the site of what appears on the map to be Porthamel Cottage.  There aree two farms, Great Porthamel and Lower Porthamel and these holdings still exist. Great Porthamel Farm has a v interesting history and used to be the family seat of the Vaughan family.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Cow Keeper or Carpenter?
« on: Tuesday 08 March 22 19:38 GMT (UK)  »
Looks like Cow Keeper to me!


Breconshire / Re: Thomas Williams, Convict, Brecon, Wales
« on: Friday 25 February 22 22:30 GMT (UK)  »
That really is a brilliant site with so much information - I do hope it will be of help in your search.

Best wishes

Breconshire / Re: Thomas Williams, Convict, Brecon, Wales
« on: Thursday 17 February 22 20:37 GMT (UK)  »
I live in the area, not far from Llanfilo, which is a parish as well as a village, about 3 miles from where I live.  Interestingly, Llanfigan aka Llanfeugan, isn't far from Llanfilo as the crow flies and in those days people moved about far more than we expect.

It might be worth you checking out the tithe maps for Llanfigan/Llanfeugan on the National Library of Wales website as they can be really useful.

From the home page, select Tithe Maps from the top RHS and enter the name of the village/parish.  When the map comes up click on one of the coloured dots and select 'Apportionment' and you will get the original written list of properties in the village/parish together with the landowner, as well as the tenant.  Thus you might well be able to track down which parish is the one you need.

If you go back to the home page and select 'Newspapers' and put in search items, you might be lucky and find a press report of the trial.

Do let me know if I can be of any further help.

All the best,


The Common Room / Re: External door curtains - Idle curiosity
« on: Sunday 21 November 21 13:39 GMT (UK)  »
I remember external door curtains - they were generally made of something like deckchair canvas in the area where my grandparents lived, so often brightly-coloured.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: hand writing at end of marriage cert 1891
« on: Thursday 14 October 21 22:26 BST (UK)  »
Here's a bit of it:

........................... for "Maria Anne"  read Mari Anne ............. as per deposition made before the presiding Justice at Belfast Petty Sessions this 15th May 1891 ...................


The Common Room / Re: Yeoman Farmers - Do They Own Land?
« on: Thursday 16 September 21 20:38 BST (UK)  »
The yeoman farmers in both my Suffolk and Durham family lines owned their own land.  Unfortunately, my Durham 11 x gt grandfather was sentenced to death by Elizabeth 1 for his part in The Rising of the North (1569).  As was fairly common, he and his neighbours were pardoned and his lands were confiscated. 


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Word on cert?
« on: Thursday 16 September 21 20:26 BST (UK)  »
My immediate thought was Lord but it's difficult without being able to see more of the writing. 


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: 1600s indenture
« on: Tuesday 14 September 21 16:15 BST (UK)  »
The first one I think is '... messuages and diverse Lands Tenements....'


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