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Report of an ancestor’s estate garden in 1877 Cumbria

A while ago I found that my gg-grandfather Andrew Kerr had been visited and interviewed about the estate garden he kept at Netherby, just across the border in Cumbria. This was just a few months before he died of tuberculosis, … Continue reading

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Records of my granny and her siblings at school

I’ve been looking through some old research notes, and rediscovered my handwritten copies of the relevant entries in the Mowhaugh Public School Admission Register 1873-1943 (Scottish Borders Archive R/ED/3/30). The earliest reference was to my great-aunt Lizzie Scott, noted as … Continue reading

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More on the 1915 valuation rolls

I posted about these earlier, but didn’t mention that the rolls also include information about the value of each property, specifically the “Yearly Rent or Value”. Trouble is I don’t really know enough about these figures then and the wider … Continue reading

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Hunting ancestors in 1915 valuation rolls

The ScotlandsPeople website today launched the digitised 1915 Valuation Rolls, which record proprietors, tenants and occupiers of property then. They plan to release the 1905, 1895, 1885, 1875, 1865 and 1855 valuation rolls later. I did wonder how well the … Continue reading

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Searching for cross-Border roots, and discovering a family wiped out by tuberculosis

My great-grandfather Michael Kerr’s origins were a bit of a mystery to me for a long time. Because he was born in England, but married in Scotland, I didn’t have a reliable birth place for him, and Scottish census returns … Continue reading

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