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A Jacobite ancestor in fiction and reality, including his clothes and books when he died

I’ve blogged before about my ancestor James Veitch of Glen and Bowhill (1700?-1761), in particular about some of the strange Jacobite-related names he gave his children. But I’ve just found some great references to him in fiction, in James Grant’s … Continue reading

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A curler in the family tree

With the Winter Olympics on again, and Britain’s all-Scottish curling teams doing so well, I was reminded that there’s a curler in the family tree. John Usher (1809-1896) was my 5xg-uncle, via the Dodds side of the family. Originally from … Continue reading

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Ardchattan book with family interest

Through the Hall side of the family there’s a branch of the family that settled in Ardchattan, Argyllshire. Thomas Cavers Hall’s sister-in-law Mary Fair (b. 1837, Crailing, Roxburghshire) married gamekeeper William Anderson at Otterburn in 1865. The couple moved around … Continue reading

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