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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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Ancestor’s new seedsman business in 1844

My 4xg-grandfather Francis Somner (1803-1891) moved from farming in Berwickshire to becoming a seedsman and commission agent in Kelso, Roxburghshire. Thanks to the British Newspaper Archive I’ve just found a pair of adverts referring to his new business, where the … 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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Dandie Dinmont terriers in the family tree

Through the Dodds side I reach the Somner family, including my 4xg-grandfather Francis Somner (1803-1891). He was born in East Lothian, a farmer’s son, and moved as a young man to farm West Morriston near Earlston, before ultimately settling in … Continue reading

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