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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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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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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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