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What does N.B.L.E. stand for?
« on: Wednesday 01 November 06 16:58 GMT (UK) »
On a headstone of an ancestor was 'retired N.B.L.E.' (could have been N.B.L.A.) Anyone know what organisation the initials stand for?
Edwards, Grieve, Talbert in Angus and Kincardineshire; Allan, Dundas, Hacket, Milne, Reid in Aberdeen and Orkney; Brock in Thurso and Aberdeen; Rennie in Aberdeenshire to name but a few...

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Re: What does N.B.L.E. stand for?
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 01 November 06 18:19 GMT (UK) »
Purely a guess. North British Locomotive Engineer ? (unless some of you wise people know different !)

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Re: What does N.B.L.E. stand for?
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 01 November 06 18:31 GMT (UK) »
Hello Ed,
              N B L A,national businesswomen's leadership.
               N B L E,  none battle loss ,equpment......
                  Don't think they are right,but they were in a dictionary. ;D
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Re: What does N.B.L.E. stand for?
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 01 November 06 21:15 GMT (UK) »
hello ed, do you know his occupation (was he a miner), or anything about him, as nbla is the national black lung association, kali.
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Re: What does N.B.L.E. stand for?
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 01 November 06 21:37 GMT (UK) »
Hi Folks,

Thanks for all your suggestions so far. I just checked my source again and it is definitely N.B.L.E. as opposed to an A! A couple of more clues... this was a male who died aged 62 in 1923, probably in Thurso. So if he was retired by age 62, maybe it was something military or naval perhaps... or a job where he could retire early???
Edwards, Grieve, Talbert in Angus and Kincardineshire; Allan, Dundas, Hacket, Milne, Reid in Aberdeen and Orkney; Brock in Thurso and Aberdeen; Rennie in Aberdeenshire to name but a few...

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Re: What does N.B.L.E. stand for?
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 01 November 06 22:16 GMT (UK) »
Hi

I've just checked Granddad's 1930 dictionary and at that time N.B. was either North British (i.e Scotland) or New Brunswick. I think bervonian is probably near the mark.

Have you tried checking his occupation in the 1901 census. It might give you some idea of his early career.

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Re: What does N.B.L.E. stand for?
« Reply #6 on: Friday 03 November 06 09:15 GMT (UK) »
That's a good idea and the next time I have a few credits on Scotlands People, I'll do just that! If anyone is able to look up the Census for me, the name is Daniel Brock, d 1923 in Thurso. He is on the 'fringes' of the family tree, so to speak - so perhaps the various Census information will help me see how he fits in to the bigger picture.

Thanks again everyone for all your help and suggestions!
Edwards, Grieve, Talbert in Angus and Kincardineshire; Allan, Dundas, Hacket, Milne, Reid in Aberdeen and Orkney; Brock in Thurso and Aberdeen; Rennie in Aberdeenshire to name but a few...

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« Reply #7 on: Friday 03 November 06 09:45 GMT (UK) »
Daniel Brock, aged 35, single, was a boarder in the Dennistoun area of Glasgow in the 1901 census. He was born in Wick, Caithness.

His occupation was a Rail Engine maker Fitter.

644-3 120-3 page 7

So North British Locomotive Engineer would probably get my vote.


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Re: What does N.B.L.E. stand for?
« Reply #8 on: Friday 03 November 06 11:47 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for that Gadget! Question answered, mystery solved.
Edwards, Grieve, Talbert in Angus and Kincardineshire; Allan, Dundas, Hacket, Milne, Reid in Aberdeen and Orkney; Brock in Thurso and Aberdeen; Rennie in Aberdeenshire to name but a few...