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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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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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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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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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