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A Jacobite ancestor in fiction and reality, including his clothes and books when he died

I’ve blogged before about my ancestor James Veitch of Glen and Bowhill (1700?-1761), in particular about some of the strange Jacobite-related names he gave his children. But I’ve just found some great references to him in fiction, in James Grant’s … Continue reading

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Ancestors paying the window tax

A large number of Scottish 18th century tax records survive, and are gradually being digitised. The latest to go online are the window tax records. Sadly the equivalent records for England were mostly thrown away and destroyed. In early years … 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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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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Boys Lilias and Theresa in the family tree

Often Scottish families in the past named their children according to a simple pattern. So eldest son after father’s father, second after mother’s father, third after father. And for daughters the eldest was often named after the mother’s mother, second … Continue reading

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