Not sure if the Downton family in Hilfield are related to my Downton ancestors from Wootton Glanville, but it is making my endeavours to trancribe the Hilfield census(es) and registers quite tantalising. I suppose I shall have to look into it! My immediate problem of the moment is interpreting William Trenchard's occupation on their marriage entry in the register (17 Feb 1885); here's the relevant: Given the way that the minister has written the 'Tr' of Trenchard, I have inerpreted the 1st word as 'Travelling' and I think the 2nd word is 'Clerk' (I have found 'k's take on the strangest forms and are often hard to interpret ). But am I right? Did he travel around writing letters for people? What is the correct sense of the word 'clerk' here? The 1881 census has him as a Bailiff on a farm RG11/2116/25/2 (at least I think this is him) and the 1891 he is a Dairyman (presumably taken on Annabella's father's place?) RG12/1656/108/14 ---- Ancestry have transcribed his age as 55 but looks like 35 to me ---- So not really any help there .. What do you think??