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Unreadable (by me) words
« on: Sunday 17 October 21 16:50 BST (UK) »
Hi -I am hoping you can help here. I am coming to the end of a very long transcription project, and there are 4 words in different places I just cannot make sense of.

They are:

1. Particular marks - I have:  [can't read first word] bite of dog on left elbow.

2. Previous offences - I have: Stealing a bag containing [can't read] yarns, etc

3. Father's name and occupation - I have: Richard William Hampson  [can't read word]

4. State of Health - I have: Frail and of [can't read] tendency

Thanks for any help

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Re: Unreadable (by me) words
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 17 October 21 16:54 BST (UK) »
1. Marks from bite of dog on left elbow.
That's the easy one.
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« Reply #2 on: Sunday 17 October 21 17:03 BST (UK) »
4. Frail and of strumous tendency
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Re: Unreadable (by me) words
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 17 October 21 17:10 BST (UK) »
2. spooling yarns?
JenB can you define strumous? The closest I got was strenuous which conflicted with frailty.
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Re: Unreadable (by me) words
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 17 October 21 17:14 BST (UK) »
Thanks, Maiden Stone - embarrassingly, I spent a lot of time trying, and failing, to read that. 'Spooling' is an interesting idea for 2. That 4th letter looks more like a u, but spooling would fit with yarns.

And thank you, Jen B. I've never come across the word before, but now I know, The ledgers that I was transcribing used to ask if the person named was scrofulous, but they dropped that question as it was never answered by Yes.

It's wonderful the help you can get, if you ask in the right place!

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Re: Unreadable (by me) words
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 17 October 21 17:14 BST (UK) »
OED has
Strumous:
Affected with struma; characteristic of or indicative of a scrofulous disposition
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Re: Unreadable (by me) words
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 17 October 21 17:17 BST (UK) »
I think the occupation in the third one could be drysalter.
Researching among others:
Bartle, Bilton, Bingley, Campbell, Craven, Emmott, Harcourt, Hirst, Kellet(t), Kennedy,
Meaburn, Mennile/Meynell, Metcalf(e), Palliser, Robinson, Rutter, Shipley, Stow, Wilkinson

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Re: Unreadable (by me) words
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 17 October 21 18:23 BST (UK) »
That looks very promising, Arthurk. The father was living in Bolton, and given the Manchester area's connection with textiles, that would be very plausible. Thank you!

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Re: Unreadable (by me) words
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 17 October 21 18:42 BST (UK) »
Well thanks to the people who responded to this, Maiden Stone, Jen B, and arthurk. This is the last stages of a project I started 15 years ago, collecting and transcribing information from a number of sources, and over the last three years I have been collating all this stuff and creating 1300 pages of transcriptions. I wanted to clear my list of queries to finish the job, and with your help I have now done that. So a big thank you from me!