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Kelso Poor Law and Ragged School Records
By Audrey Mitchell
2 maps. 95 pages. CD only. ISBN 978 1 874232 11 7. £10 plus postage.
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This CD contains two maps, one of the town of Kelso dated 1857, and another of the area of the Poor House and a 95 page text document all in PDF format.
The text document comprises a short appreciation of its late author, Audrey Mitchell; some notes and pictures of the Poor House; and a list of people, together with their spouses, occupations (and occasionally employers), parents, children and their spouses, places and dates of birth and death, and in some cases, their addresses, together with notes about them.
There's information on over 400 Kelso families sharing 555 different surnames taken from the Poor Roll (and the records of the Kelso Poor House), prison records, Ragged School records and other sources.
Examples of notes "Apprenticed to a watchmaker. Robert was awarded 1st and 2nd prizes by The Academy of Painters in Italy. Studied at Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice"; "… imprisoned for cruelty to children"; " Officer on parole in French Army (Prisoner in Kelso)"; "… grieved her parents by bad conduct. Was a prostitute in Edinburgh."; "… lived with mother and unmarried daughter who had illeg. child.".
A large number of the females appear with both their married and maiden surnames.
Although the sources used are from Kelso, the people recorded in there, are from a large variety of places, a lot around Kelso, but a lot from much further away, eg Glasgow, Moffat, Gala, Dunbar, Edinburgh, Ireland.
Most of the surnames are common enough in the Borders, but some I've not seen before, for example, Aufriar, Boug, Buddo, Cassy, Codone, Cree, Hallerin, McGlaughlin, McVain, Shirra, come to mind.
One unfortunate person appears to have been in 12 poorhouses from Kendal in England, to Perth - he was in Kelso Poorhouse for 7 years.
If you're looking for a missing relative in your tree, you might well find them here.
This really is an excellent resource, containing lots of information that isn't found elsewhere, and much of it will certainly have been suppressed in family anecdotes.
List of surnames
Affleck, Aikman, Ainslie, Aitchison, Aitken, Alexander, Allan, Amey, Anderson, Angus, Anstruther, Archbald, Archibald, Armstrong, Ashwood, Auchterlonie, Aufriar
Bain, Bald, Balfour, Ballantyne, Balmer, Bannerman, Barr, Baxter, Beattie, Beck, Beeson, Bell, Bennet, Best, Beverage, Binn, Bishop, Black, Blackhall, Blackie, Blackwood, Blair, Blake, Blyth, Blythe, Boag, Bolan, Boland, Bolton, Bond, Bonthorn, Bookless, Borthwick, Boug, Boyd, Boyle, Brack, Bradley, Braidy, Brannan, Brannon, Brodie, Bromfield, Broomfield, Brotherston, Brown, Bruce, Brunlees, Brunton, Brydon, Buchanan, Buckham, Buckholm, Buddo, Buglas, Bullet, Bunyan, Burn, Burnet, Burnett, Burns, Butler, Butterby, Butterworth
Cairney, Cairns, Campbell, Cartner, Cassy, Catterhill, Chalmers, Charters, Chatto, Chisholm, Christie, Chrystie, Clark, Cleghorn, Cleland, Cockburn, Codone, Coghill, Colburn, Collins, Coltert, Conkergood, Connolly, Cook, Cooper, Copeland, Cormack, Cowan, Cowans, Cowe, Craig, Crammond, Crawley, Cree, Crozier, Culberson, Culbertson, Cumming, Cunningham, Cunninghamn, Currie, Curry
Dallowell, Darling, Davidson, Davie, Dawson, Diamond, Dickman, Dickson, Diet, Dochard, Dodds, Dods, Donaghue, Donaldson, Donnelly, Doran, Douglas, Dove, Doyle, Drennan, Drummond, Dryden, Duff, Dulroy, Duncan, Dunlop, Dunn
Easton, Edgar, Edmonston, Elliot
Fairbairn, Fairgreive, Farquharson, Featherston, Featherstone, Fee, Ferguson, Fiddes, Fields, Findlay, Finnon, Flannigan, Fleming, Flynn, Fogo, Ford, Foster, Fox, Fraser, Frizell, Fyfe
Gall, Gallagher, Gallocher, Gardner, Garret, Gibb, Gibson, Gillies, Gilroy, Glen, Glennie, Goldie, Goodwin, Gordon, Gosfield, Gosset, Gow, Graden, Graham, Grahamslaw, Gray, Greenfield, Grey, Grieve, Guthrie
Haig, Hakin, Haldane, Hall, Hallerin, Halley, Halliday, Hamilton, Hampton, Hanlan, Hannah, Hardie, Harvey, Hastie, Haverey, Hay, Henderson, Hendry, Henney, Henry, Hermiston, Hervey, Hewat, Hewie, Higgins, Hillson, Hilson, Hindmarsh, Hislop, Hodge, Hogarth, Hogg, Hollands, Hollerin, Holmes, Hook, Hooker, Hookes, Hooks, Hooper, Hope, Hopper, Hossack, Houliston, Howie, Howlison, Huggan, Hughes, Hume, Hunt, Hunter, Hush
Inglis, Innes, Innis, Irvine, Isaac
Jack, Jackson, Jamieson, Jamison, Jane, Jeffrey, Johnston, Judge
Keay, Keelan, Keenan, Keith, Kennedy, Ker, Kerr, Kerse, Killin, King, Kinghorn, Kirkwood, Kyle
Laidlaw, Laing, Lamb, Lang, Lauder, Law, Lawson, Learmonth, Lee, Leith, Leslie, Liddell, Liddle, Lillico, Lillie, Lindsay, Linton, Litster, Little, Lockhart, Lockie, Lorimer, Lough, Lowrie, Luke, Lundie, Lyall, Lynch, Lynn, Lyon
Mabon, Mackay, Mackenzie, Maclean, Main, Mallen, Malone, Manavey, Mars, Marshall, Martin, Mason, Mather, Mathieson, Matthewson, Mauchlan, Maxwell, McBain, McCardle, McCartdle, McCom, McCombie, McCord, McCutcheon, Mcdonald, McDougall, McFarlane, McGeachan, McGhee, McGibbon, McGlaughlin, McGlone, McIntosh, McIntyre, McKay, Mckeith, McKellar, McKenzie, McKinlay, McLaren, McLean, McLellan, McLennan, McLeod, McManus, McMeechan, McMichan, McMillan, McNab, McVain, McVean, McWhinnie, Mellon, Melrose, Menzies, Mercer, Meredith, Merrilees, Messer, Metcalfe, Middlemas, Middlemiss, Mill, Millar, Miller, Millington, Mills, Milne, Milroy, Mitchel, Mitchell, Moffat, Moir, Mole, Montgomery, Mooney, Morrison, Morse, Moss, Muir, Munro, Murphy, Mustard
Neilson, Nicholson, Nicol, Nisbet
Ogden, Oliver, O'Neill, Ormiston, Orneill, Orr, Ovens
Paterson, Patterson, Paxton, Peacock, Pearson, Pender, Penny, Phaup, Phelan, Piercy, Pillans, Pirie, Playfair, Potter, Potts, Prentice, Pringle, Proctor, Proudfoot, Purdom, Purves, Pyle
Rae, Ramage, Ramsay, Rankin, Redpath, Reid, Reilly, Renton, Renwick, Richardson, Rickets, Riddell, Ridley, Roach, Robertson, Robson, Rodden, Rodger, Rodgers, Ronald, Ronaldson, Ross, Roy, Rule, Russell, Rutherford
Saddler, Sadler, Samuel, Scoon, Scott, Scougall, Selley, Sheddon, Shepherd, Shiel, Shiell, Shiels, Shirra, Short, Shrinkly, Sibbald, Silvester, Simpson, Sinton, Skirving, Slight, Sloan, Smail, Smeaton, Smith, Snaith, Spalden, Sprott, Stavert, Steel, Stenhouse, Stevens, Stevenson, Stewart, Stimpson, Stirling, Stobo, Stockwell, Storey, Stormonth, Strathearn, Summers, Sutherland, Swanston, Sweeney, Swinton, Symington
Tait, Taylor, Tennant, Thompson, Thomson, Thorburn, Thornton, Timlin, Tinlan, Tinlin, Tod, Todd, Tolmie, Townsley, Train, Trainer, Trannent, Trotter, Tunnah, Turnbull, Turner, Tweedie, Tyson
Waddell, Waldie, Walker, Wallace, Wanless, Ward, Wardlaw, Waters, Watson, Watt, Weatherston, Webb, Weddell, Weir, Wenham, Whellans, White, Whitelaw, Whitelock, Whittie, Wight, Wightman, Wilkinson, Williamson, Wilson, Winkie, Wishart, Wood, Wright
Yewdell, Young, Younger, Yule
Reviewed October 2006.
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