1823 inventory of possessions (farming and household) of Robert Ormiston tenant farmer of Drinkstone near Hawick

Recently I discovered that my distant aunt Helen Hall (1792-1858) had been married to Robert Ormiston tenant farmer of Drinkstone north of Hawick. Robert Ormiston died relatively young, in March 1823, just four years after his marriage, leaving his widow to bring up four young sons, including one born less than a month after his father had died.

After his death Robert’s possessions were recorded in the registers of Peebles Commissary Court, and I transcribed this inventory. Because they may be of interest to my cousins, fellow descendants of the Hall family at Wilton Dean, I’m posting the transcript here. Helen Hall, Robert’s widow, was the younger sister of John Hall (1790-1867) who was the grandfather of my gg-granddad Thomas Cavers Hall.

Firstly the inventory recorded the farming side of Robert’s life. Values after each item are amounts of money in pounds, shillings and pence. As the record shows he was mainly a sheep farmer.

List of Farming Stock &c on the Farm of Drinkstone as valued by Mr George Ballantyne Tenant in Essenside and George Hall Tenant in Newhouses per valuation dated 2nd May 1823
7 score & 10 Ewes at 15/ each 112 11 –
14 Do at 11/ Do 7 14 –
5 Score of Dinmonts at 11/ Do 55 – –
5 Score of Hoggs at 8/6 Do 42 10 –
21 Do at 6/6/ Do 6 16 6
4 Tups @ 18/ Do 3 12 –
15 Milk Cows @ 8 8/ Do 126 –
4 two year old queys @ 4 15/ 19 – –
7 Stirks @ 2 3/ Do 15 1 –
2 Work Horses @ £15 Do 30 – –
1 Ditto 3 3 –
A Riding Poney 9 – –
2 Young Horses at £7 10/ each 15 – –
1 Brood Sow 1 10 –
1 Breeding Mare 2 10 –
A Cart & frame 2 – –
Do 3 15 –
Do 1 10 –
A long Cart body 2 – –
An old Do & Wheel barrow – 5 –
Cart Harness 3 – –
2 ploughs & Tackle 2 9 –
4 Harrows @ 2/6 each – 10 –
a pair of Fanners, Riddles, Half full &c – 12 –
A Turnip Drill &c – 15 –
Rakes, pitch Forks Spades &c – 4 –
Riding Saddle Bridles &c – 15 –
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473 9 –

Then further along in the inventory is a record of Robert’s furniture etc. Note this was incomplete, missing as often happened items such as clothes, and also the books that he almost certainly owned, such as a bible. Nevertheless it is an interesting read.

List of Household Furniture Bed and Table Linen belonging to the said deceased as Valued by James Robson Wright in Hawick and Adam Hart weaver at Lockiesedge per valuation dated the 22nd of March 1823
One closs Bed 2 10 –
Do Do – 10 –
one hanging Do 1 10 –
Two Do Do 2 13 –
A Cupboard 1 1 –
A Press – 7 6
A Clock 5 5 –
Two Tables 1 10 –
A Craddle – 6 –
Fire Irons – 14 –
A Weather Glass – 5 –
Four chairs – 16 –
Ten Do @ 10/6 each 5 5 –
Two chairs – 6 –
Two Beds, a meal ark, two churns and churn standers 2 – –
A Gun 1 10 –
A Table 3 – –
A Meal chest – 8 –
A Cloth Do 1 – –
Two Do Do – 7 6
A Writing Desk – 15 –
A bed and meal chest – 5 –
A press two dressers with crockery ware and four chairs 1 4 –
one Table and resting chair – 7 6
A Brass Kettle 1 10 –
A Copper Do – 2 6
A bake board – 6 –
Five potts 2 5 –
A frying pan, girdle & Boiler – 10 –
Three spinning wheels – 3 –
Twenty one Bowies 1 10 6
Three stools – 7 6
Three Tubs – 5 –
An Iron Beam weights &c – 12 –
A looking Glass – 1 6
23 1/2 pairs of blankets at 5/6 per pair 6 9 3
3 1/2 Do Do 1 5 –
4 Do Do 1 10 6
2 Do Tartan Do at 5/6 – 11 –
4 Do Do Do at 8/ 1 12 –
11 Ticks 2 7 –
4 Bolsters – 6 6
1 Feather Do – 5 6
1 Do Do & 4 feather pillows – 14 6
2 bed covers at 6/ each – 12 –
2 Do Do @ 2/6 – 5 –
2 Table Cloths – 5 –
1 pair of Sheets – 3 6
28 Sacks @ 2/4 each 3 5 4
15 3/4 yds Do – 14 5
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61 15 –

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