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Boomer Posted - 09 February 2014 : 00:36:49
Seeking info as to whether anyone has come across a source for employees at Mertoun House in the late 1700s and early 1800s. I know there was a discussion back in 2010 that touched on the same question. My 3xgreat grandfather and grandmother are buried in the churchyard. I was told that it was likely that one of them would have worked on the estate if they were buried in the churchyard. Does that sound reasonable?
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terianne Posted - 13 February 2014 : 14:13:25
yes but not my turnbull side, but do have on my mum's aitken's side (way back)

Anne Turnbull
Boomer Posted - 12 February 2014 : 16:22:10
Thank you very much. I notice that there were many Turnbulls in the Mertoun parish. Any ancestors there?

terianne Posted - 12 February 2014 : 14:22:34
best to keep it simple

(Dear Sirs) will do

Try writing to the Estate Office:

Estate Office (Administration)
Mertoun Estate
St Boswells


Anne Turnbull
Boomer Posted - 10 February 2014 : 18:32:51
Originally posted by terianne

The Estate is owned by the Duke of Sutherland's family - there may have estate records that far back - worth checking

Anne Turnbull

I assume that estate records for that time would still remain at the estate if they exist. Am I correct in assuming that or might they be archived elsewhere?

If I write the Duke:

1. How would I find the correct address?
2. How would an individual from the ex-colonies address a Duke? I'm guessing that "Dear Dukey" is way too familiar and "Your Highness" would be reserved for someone above the Duke's paygrade. I would like my request for information to start on the correct note.

As for a family plot, I don't think that would be the case since no ancestors or other relative is buried there with the exception of their youngest girl. She was a change of life baby and I highly suspect that she may have been disabled. I find her living with one brother or another after the death of her parents.

Many Thanks,
Jim Balmer
terianne Posted - 10 February 2014 : 13:56:57
generally YES, normal if lived or worked on/or around the estate, but also if family plot in graveyard.

The Estate is owned by the Duke of Sutherland's family - there may have estate records that far back - worth checking

Anne Turnbull

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