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Re: Deciphering an 18th Century will
« Reply #9 on: Monday 11 January 21 09:58 GMT (UK) »
Ok thanks, freehold something cottages??

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Re: Deciphering an 18th Century will
« Reply #10 on: Monday 11 January 21 11:16 GMT (UK) »
Freehold Messuage or Cottage

messuage = a dwelling house with outbuildings and land assigned to its use.

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Re: Deciphering an 18th Century will
« Reply #11 on: Monday 11 January 21 11:41 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for your help


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Re: Deciphering an 18th Century will
« Reply #12 on: Tuesday 12 January 21 16:17 GMT (UK) »
Please can someone help with the word. The sentence is I give and bequeath unto my said ?  Elizabeth Broughton.

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Re: Deciphering an 18th Century will
« Reply #13 on: Tuesday 12 January 21 16:24 GMT (UK) »
Probably niece.

(There's no need to highlight text.  It makes it harder to decipher.)

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Re: Deciphering an 18th Century will
« Reply #14 on: Tuesday 12 January 21 18:42 GMT (UK) »
Quine = woman, lady or girl
quite common in Aberdeenshire
Norfolk, Nelsons of Gt Ryburgh, Gooch, Howman, Ainger, Couzens, Batrick (Norfolk & Dorset), Tubby ( also of Yorkshire) Cathcarts of Ireland, Lancashire & Isle of Wight) Dickinsons of Morecambe and Lancaster. Proctor & Threlfall of Westmoreland and Lancs, Wilson of Poulton-le-Sands. Mitchells of Isle of Wight. Hair of Ayrshire, Williamson of Tradeston, Glasgow. Nelsons in Australia with Haywards Heath connections.

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Re: Deciphering an 18th Century will
« Reply #15 on: Tuesday 12 January 21 19:38 GMT (UK) »
Thanks, is that an old Celtic (Scottish) word for a lady fiend

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Re: Deciphering an 18th Century will
« Reply #16 on: Tuesday 12 January 21 19:47 GMT (UK) »
This is a PCC will, so Aberdeenshire influence seems unlikely.

I agree with horselydown86 that it reads Niece.

The first letter is N; it has an initial flourish identical to that of the M in Messuage (see extract in reply #9).
The 2nd letter is clearly a dotted i.
The 3rd letter is a squared-off e, with its top running into the following letter.
The 4th letter is a short, right-angled c (looks like r in this hand).
The final letter is a different style of e, ‘backwards’, rounded and open.

All these letter-forms are typical of the court hand used in PCC wills at this period.

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Re: Deciphering an 18th Century will
« Reply #17 on: Wednesday 13 January 21 06:00 GMT (UK) »
Can I ask what a PCC will is please?