Monthly Archives: August 2012

Servants in Haddington ancestor households

I recently subscribed to the new digitised tax records available at ScotlandsPlaces. I’ve already looked through some of the hearth tax records, for my one-place studies. But I’ve now started looking at the servant taxes from the late 18th century. … Continue reading

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Lots of Greenfields in East Lothian

I’m currently looking at the digitised hearth tax records from the 1690s at ScotlandsPlaces (a subscription site). Among other things I was hoping to find clues to my Somner ancestors in there. I have a Somner ancestor farming in 1720s … Continue reading

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Smuggling ancestor’s exact crime remains a mystery

I blogged some time ago about discovering that my 3xg-grandfather Hugh Hall from Wilton was convicted of smuggling in 1857 and sentenced to hard labour in Jedburgh prison. Sadly the court papers for his case don’t survive, so I was … Continue reading

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More criminals in Martin’s family

Makes a change from my lot! Again from the Suffolk line: The Ipswich Journal – Saturday 20 October 1838 On Friday last, Zachariah Sharman, William Sharman, and James Garrod, three notorious theives, were committed to Ipswich Gaol, for trial, by … Continue reading

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Ancestor receiving surgeon’s diploma in 1771

I’ve always wondered how my ancestor Richard Somner (1731-1804) trained as a surgeon. I’m assuming that he trained on the job, and have found no evidence for any form of university education for him, unlike his son and grandsons who … Continue reading

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Ancestor’s new seedsman business in 1844

My 4xg-grandfather Francis Somner (1803-1891) moved from farming in Berwickshire to becoming a seedsman and commission agent in Kelso, Roxburghshire. Thanks to the British Newspaper Archive I’ve just found a pair of adverts referring to his new business, where the … Continue reading

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A case of drunk and disorderly in the family

Just signed up for a 12 month subscription to the British Newspaper Archive, even though it still doesn’t have any newspapers from Roxburghshire or Selkirkshire which seriously limits its relevance for me. But it’s still useful. I tried another search … Continue reading

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