Handwriting help please

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  1. Daft Bat

    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    Although I can read most of this, I would be grateful for a second (third, fourth etc ;) ) opinion as there are the odd words that I am finding difficult to decipher.

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    The marriage took place in Scoonie, Leven, Scotland in 1719.

    Thank you. :)
     
  2. Sis

    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    Oh blow, have to dish up tea. Love to get my teeth in to a bit of handwriting. Will check back later to see if anyone has helped.:)
     
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    My take on this:

    Octo[be]r 17 1719
    The said day David Smart and Margaret Mathie both in this
    parish gave up their names for proclamation in order to marriage
    having given in a shilling sterling to the poor (Robert Wilkie and
    Alexander Landels becoming caution for their pledges) and after
    due proclamation wer[e] married Dec[emb]er 4 1719.
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    Thanks, Arthur - it was the two words that I have highlighted that I could make no sense of. :D

    I shall now walk the pooches to clear the brain!
     
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    Half Hour Well-Known Member

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    I am in AWE of those who can read this old writing and then transcribe and understand it!
     
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  6. arthurk

    arthurk Well-Known Member

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    Practice maketh perfect :reading: ;)

    Having acquired some skills in this area, it's something I'm happy to help out with, though there are still some documents that are beyond me. It actually suits me pretty well - if I don't feel up to getting deeply involved in a lengthy research query, I can do a few minutes deciphering, and it's job done.
     
  7. Bonzo Dog

    Bonzo Dog Still the Mad Scientist?

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    A late neighbour could transcribe old documents with amazing ease. She put it down to years of being a GP's secretary. :rolleyes:
     
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  8. AnnB

    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    Having once worked for four GP's, I have often thought that maybe that gave me a head-start in reading old documents :D
     
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  9. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    I used to work with old documents every day. I miss the smell of those old, dusty papers, which were works of art in themselves.

    A lot of the time (even when virtually illegible) you have a good idea of what legal docs are meant to say, which does help a little. :reading:
     
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