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1863 letter - One word I can't decipher
« on: Thursday 23 July 20 13:56 BST (UK) »
Just one word I can't make out on 5th line. Hope someone can help.
"Produce in all Kinds of Corn
wheat average 7 quaters To
the Acre Barley from 8 To 9
quaters and all other Corn in
Proportion Dourin the []
they had from 10 to 12 quaters
of wheat to the Acre and all
other Corn in addition Our"
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Re: 1863 letter - One word I can't decipher
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 23 July 20 15:12 BST (UK) »
Hmmm...

Comparing letters, it looks like fer--. In fact, it looks like ferm, but that doesn't help...

Can we assume that Dourin is during? So During the (xxxx) they had...

I'll keep looking. Let's see what the experts say.  ;D
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Re: 1863 letter - One word I can't decipher
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 23 July 20 15:22 BST (UK) »
Could it be a misspelling of Durum ( wheat)

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Re: 1863 letter - One word I can't decipher
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 23 July 20 16:27 BST (UK) »
during the season?
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Re: 1863 letter - One word I can't decipher
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 23 July 20 16:28 BST (UK) »
I read it as femn (famine? )
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Re: 1863 letter - One word I can't decipher
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 23 July 20 16:52 BST (UK) »
Oops!  I looked at the wrong word.  I think it's ferm = farm

(those squiggly rs)
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Re: 1863 letter - One word I can't decipher
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 23 July 20 18:08 BST (UK) »
I wonder if the dot over the word transcribed as 'Dourin' is actually just an ink mark rather that a dot over an 'i'?
Could that word actually be 'Down' ?
i.e. Down the ferm/farm they had 10 to 12.....
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Re: 1863 letter - One word I can't decipher
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 23 July 20 19:31 BST (UK) »
I wonder if the dot over the word transcribed as 'Dourin' is actually just an ink mark rather that a dot over an 'i'?
Could that word actually be 'Down' ?
i.e. Down the ferm/farm they had 10 to 12.....

I agree with this in principle. Compare the w with wheat above. It seems to be the first word of a new sentence. But I think it's probably written Dowin, meaning 'down'. We know from other extracts that the spelling of this letter is a bit quirky.

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Re: 1863 letter - One word I can't decipher
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 23 July 20 19:48 BST (UK) »
Obviously a part of the farmed land where yields were 50% or more above normal, on the figures given.

I have to say my first reading was "Down the fenn". Is that possible terminology in the area to which this document relates?