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An ancestor’s illicit whisky still in 1850s Hawick

A few years ago I blogged about my ggg-grandfather Hugh Hall in Hawick doing three months hard labour in Jedburgh prison in 1857, for a crime that I couldn’t quite figure out. The prison records said “smuggling”, but I didn’t … Continue reading

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A Suffolk case of poaching, stolen birds found cooking in the pot, and transportation

My husband and I were watching the Gary Linekar episode of Who Do You Think You Are last night. And, as is usual with this programme, I was researching the lines as they appeared on screen. But in this case … Continue reading

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Relative breaking car side screen in 1937 Fife

Oh dear! I was searching the British Newspaper Archive again last night. Had a great time, including finding more goings-on at Cupar Mills in Cupar where we lived in the late 1990s. Anyway I then tried a search for “cavers … Continue reading

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Finding more prison references to Dublin great-great granny

Thanks to breaking through the Irish brickwall in my family tree this summer I know that my Irish great-great granny was Mary Fegan who married John Tate in 1877. Thanks to the Dublin prison registers at findmypast.ie I also know … 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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A (repeat) case of malicious mischief

I’ve been looking through the case report of the 1853 trial of Thomas Fair farmer in Swansfield, thanks to Graham and Emma Maxwell who sent me images of the pages from Duns Sheriff Court’s papers. It seems as though Thomas … Continue reading

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A criminal in the family

Well actually two, but the main one is a very direct ancestor, so rather shocking! I was reminded recently of Graham and Emma Maxwell’s Scottish Borders prison database. Obviously I searched for Cavers, and found a few. And then I … Continue reading

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