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 William Balmer buried in Mertoun churchyard
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Boomer

USA
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Posted - 09 February 2014 :  00:36:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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?

terianne

United Kingdom
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Posted - 10 February 2014 :  13:56:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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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Boomer

USA
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Posted - 10 February 2014 :  18:32:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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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
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terianne

United Kingdom
137 Posts

Posted - 12 February 2014 :  14:22:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
best to keep it simple

(Dear Sirs) will do

Try writing to the Estate Office:

Estate Office (Administration)
Mertoun Estate
MERTOUN
St Boswells
TD6 0EA

(++44)823236


Anne Turnbull
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Boomer

USA
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Posted - 12 February 2014 :  16:22:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you very much. I notice that there were many Turnbulls in the Mertoun parish. Any ancestors there?

Jim
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terianne

United Kingdom
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Posted - 13 February 2014 :  14:13:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
yes but not my turnbull side, but do have on my mum's aitken's side (way back)

Anne Turnbull
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