Duns, TD11 3AS. Map.
Gunsgreen House in Eyemouth, Berwickshire, was built in the 1750s by a smuggler, John Nisbet. In 1787 he was made bankrupt by the well established merchants, Robert Robertson and Son. After a two year struggle, Gunsgreen House was sold and purchased by Robert’s son Alexander. Thus began a 90 year association with the Robertsons and their close relations, the Homes. Derek’s talk will cover the story of the two families, including Alexander’s daughter Mary, the grandmother of Field Marshal Douglas Haig; her brother, Robert junior, who had an affair with the famous French writer, Madame de Stael; his son Robert, a university friend of Tennyson; and Margaret Hay Home who, although described as “a little dotty”, was a friend of General Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, who once stayed at the House.
Derek will also demonstrate how the resources of family history research can aid the academic historian in his/her work.
I think you'll find this a very interesting talk whether you're interested in Eyemouth, family history, the Humes, Homes, Robertsons or smuggling.
I warmly invite you to attend the talk whether you are a member or not. Doors open at 2pm; the talk begins at 2.30pm.
We'll have a range of family history publications available to buy, and there’ll be light refreshments (donation expected) available after the talk.
If you have a problem with your family history, please discuss it (no charge) with one of our volunteers.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
Registration starts at 9am and orientation at 9.30 am.
Between 10am and 4pm there will be 4 workshops:
- How to Use Family Search
- How to Use Family Tree
- Scottish Research
- Irish Research
Registration for the Edinburgh Family History Day is essential, which is followed by 2 subsequent emails.
There will be a lunch break but you have to provide your own.
The car park entrance is in Spylaw Road.
If the date or location isn't convenient, there are fairs in other towns and cities and dates planned - search for your family history day location.
Friday, October 3, 2014
You need to enter at least a surname and year of death but you can add additional data in the advanced search. It's a pity that it doesn't allow a range of years to be entered but you can page backwards or forwards to see other years.
Note however that if the soldier for whom you're searching didn't leave a will or wasn't serving at the time, you won't find them.
However, I think I've found a problem either with the search mechanism or in the index of soldiers in their database.
A search for Munro 1944 yields
Surname First name Regimental number Date of death
MUNRO LEONARD CYRIL 14241771 10 June 1944
A search for Munns 1944 yields
No results with the surname MUNNS and the year of death 1944
I think this is a mistake.
My info is that Leonard Cyril Munns died 10 June 1944 in France.
The details for Leonard Cyril Munns are on the Royal Leicestershire Regiment Online Archive but I also checked on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.
I've queried this anomaly with the Probate Service for England and Wales.
Search the wills of British soldiers index.
There seems to be a problem with this link and for the moment you'll need to click on the Soldier's Wills tab.
Once you've found the person you want you can download the grant and or will for £10 per person.