Monday, February 25, 2013

The History of Ayton and other Personal Recollections

That's the title of a new 48 page booklet in card covers published by
Ayton Local History Society

It includes contributions by several local inhabitants including extracts from the works of T Ramsay Turner, a local builder, kirk elder and flower show enthusiast who was born in Ayton, Berwickshire, in 1904. Some of his writings have already been published but included in this edition for the first time are chapters on the Volunteer Hall, Netherbyres Mill, School Memories and ‘bidding the toon’ the custom of informing residents of funeral arrangements in the village. There are also accounts by an unknown author entitled ‘Happy Childhood - Reminiscence of 1876’ talking of visits to the local gas works where ‘John the Gas’ would tell ghost stories. Also included is a poem by Robert Mennon, and photographs of the
village from before 1880 to the 1960s.

Cost £3 plus postage: UK 69p, EU £2.70, rest of world (air mail) £3.30, rest of world (surface mail).

Order from Mary Thomson at 64 Talisman Avenue, Galashiels, TD1 2DL, Scotland, or via our Contacts page using the contact type Order for Publications.

Come to our Conference on 11th May 2013 in Galashiels, Scotland.

February 2013 50-50 Club Draw Results - Jackpot Prize Not Yet Won

The letters drawn yesterday in the February 2013 draw were R, P, L.

There were no winners.

The jackpot, the 1st Prize Fund, stands at £137.50, and the 2nd prize fund at £82.25.

It costs only £1 per month to have a chance of winning.

It also helps to strengthen our Premises Fund because 50p per month from each stake goes into our Premises Fund.

Find out more and join our 50-50 Club.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How to Research Buccleuch Farm Rental Records by Andrew Armstrong

Our next meeting is our next meeting is on Sunday 24th February at 2.30pm in the Corn Exchange in Melrose, when Andrew Armstrong will be advising us how to research Buccleuch Farm rental records. These records of the Buccleuch Estates provide an excellent and little known source for family historians with an interest in the Scottish Borders, Dumfriesshire and parts of Midlothian.

Contrary to the widely held view that the rentals simply provide a list of names, Andrew will provide an insight into how much more can be found in the records and how they can help trace families in pre-census times, going back as far as the early 17th century.

I think this will be a fascinating talk. I've certainly found interesting information in these estate records that helped me when I wrote the Introduction to the Poor Law. I also found a letter from my 2 greats grandfather, John Munro, turning down an offer of employment as a joiner because the wage was insufficient. Instead, John became a joiner on the Mackintosh of Mackintosh’s estate who had offered 20% more money as well as other benefits and he remained there until he retired, having been promoted several times, finishing as estate manager. In other estates' records, I've found application letters for employment as a factor, receipts for wages, lists of duties to be performed, and wage bills.

If you need advice about any aspect of your family history, please do ask. As always, there’s a remote possibility that the speaker will need to be changed at the last minute.

As usual, the doors will open at 2.00pm and the talk starts at 2.30pm.

Admission is free and we’ll have usual sales tables and refreshments after the talk. I hope to see you there. Map.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

February Magazine


The February edition of the magazine is now with the printers and in the normal course of events members in G.B. should expect to receive their copy some time around the end of this month. For overseas members, unless they have opted to receive their magazine by air mail, granted the speed of surface mail it will probably be some weeks, even in some cases months, before their copy comes thudding through the letterbox.

However quite a number of members - those who have opted to receive their magazines electronically have already received their copies.

 Sending magazines electronically means a significant saving in costs to the Society and Council is keen to encourage members to receive their magazine in this way.

 As an added inducement there will be additional content in the electronic version; in this issue a further 10 pages.

 If anyone who elected for this option has not in fact received their magazine - also all who would like to receive future editions in this way - please let me know. Go to our Contacts page, scroll down and click on contact magazine editor.

 This year on 11th. May we are of course hosting the annual Scottish Association of Family History Society Conference and associated Family History Fair. There are details in the magazine of the speakers and the various Societies and Organizations who will be at the Fair (although we do expect that there will also be a number of others).

 The theme of the Conference is "Migration and Scotland" and appropriately in the magazine there are articles on families who migrated including one on a Borderer who made good after being  transported to Australia for petty theft. There are also articles on a Hawick Worthy, William Wallace, a Border hanging and on the ' Dowie Dens o' Yarrow.' As ever too a number of references and snippets which we hope members will find of interest.

Included in the electronic version is an excellent article by former Society Membership Secretary, Fred Kennington on "A Journey through, Fact Fiction and Fairy Tales in the Borders"
 
Ronald Morrison