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Surgeon ancestor in Haddington with lots of apprentices

I recently discovered Ancestry’s database of apprentice indenture duties. As the blurb there says: This collection contains registers of the money received for the payment on taxes for an apprentice’s indenture between 1710-1811. The registers kept track of the money … Continue reading

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An expert on fireworks in the family tree

All the preparations for Bonfire Night and fireworks have just reminded me that there was apparently an expert of fireworks in the family tree. My 7xg-uncle Logan Henderson (b. ca 1735) from East Lothian was the youngest son of a … Continue reading

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Somner connections with last night’s Who Do You Think You Are

We just watched last night’s Who Do You Think You Are on the BBC with Alex Kingston. She discovered that an ancestress was a lodging house keeper, which was a bit of a euphemism in her case. I’ll not go … 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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Jean Veitch, Mrs Somner (ca 1770-1804)

This blog post is about one direct ancestor, my 5xg-grandmother Jean Veitch. She was the only known child of her parents, and was named after both of her grandmothers. Her father’s mother, Jane Thomson, Mrs Veitch, was a minister’s daughter … Continue reading

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Clock and watch tax

Another useful tax from the late 18th century, this too is digitised and online for Scotland, though the surviving records are very incomplete. For example there are no records from Roxburghshire at all. However in the East Lothian records I’ve … Continue reading

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