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Re: Handwriting deciphering
« Reply #9 on: Friday 13 March 09 00:15 GMT (UK) »
Are there any Scots or redundant words for servant that you can think of?  The middle letter looks like a 'v', but the word doesn't end with 'ant' ...servite?

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Re: Handwriting deciphering
« Reply #10 on: Friday 13 March 09 00:17 GMT (UK) »
Was thinking of Servitor, Prue - there's a superscript r  at the end by the looks of it.

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Re: Handwriting deciphering
« Reply #11 on: Friday 13 March 09 00:20 GMT (UK) »
I didn't see the little r there...you could well be right, Gadget  :)
So, servitor as in an assistant to the Laird, rather than an ordinary general servant, do you think?

If Grantley can tell us which parish this record comes from, we might be able to work out where the Laird was the Laird of...it seems to start with an S, and possibly ends with a double S.


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Re: Handwriting deciphering
« Reply #12 on: Friday 13 March 09 00:28 GMT (UK) »
Maybe Angus or Fife by previous postings  :-\
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Re: Handwriting deciphering
« Reply #13 on: Friday 13 March 09 00:30 GMT (UK) »
Edinburgh*  :)


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Added - not a lot of help though - can't think of anywhere close by and Edinburgh would have been visited by lairds from all over  :-\
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Re: Handwriting deciphering
« Reply #14 on: Friday 13 March 09 01:17 GMT (UK) »
Wow. I just popped home at lunch time & find that I have missed all the action. Thank you all for your contribution. Sorry I wasn't here to contribute. When I get home tonight, I will post what I find.

I noticed 5 baptisms (1622-1632) that may be the children of the father, parents Johnne CRAWFOORD (or CRAWFURD) & Margaret HARLAW (or HARLAN). I will buy some baptisms (or all of then) to try & identify the missing bits.

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Re: Handwriting deciphering
« Reply #15 on: Friday 13 March 09 01:38 GMT (UK) »
Putting all the bits together ...

Margaret Kennedie a notable whoore has a bairne
to be baptized at the direction of Mr Johnne Max
well and Mr david Mitchell.  the bairne ?-? named
Jeane w. Johnne Smyth. Thomas kennedie.
The mother as yet has not compeared before the
session to ?verifie? her bairnes father whom she
alleges to be ane Johnne Crawfoord servitor to the
Laird of ?-?

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Re: Handwriting deciphering
« Reply #16 on: Friday 13 March 09 07:16 GMT (UK) »
To help identify the Laird, I purchased the baptism of children of Johnne, before and after the one being translated.

The first one is of Agnes in 1627;
Johnne CRAWFURD ? Margaret HARLAW a. d. N Agnes w. George CRAWFURD Goldsmyth Thomas ? Baxter.

The second one is of Margaret in 1630;
John CRAWFOORD Agent Margaret HARLAW a. d N Margaret wt. Johnne Lairds? Robert and William CRAWFOORDE.

Does this help with our translation or do I need to purchase more baptisms?

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Re: Handwriting deciphering
« Reply #17 on: Friday 13 March 09 09:45 GMT (UK) »
I've enlarged the mising word but not sure if it makes it any easier  :-\   The other baptisms were also in Edinburgh.


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