As I was checking out Robert Ballantyne's marriage certificate today from 1855, I noticed that one f the witnesses was a James Broadfoot. Then name rang a bell and after a quick search through my notes I discovered that the Laidlaws in Achnasheen that Robert had worked for as a young teenager had two neices living with them, named Broadfoot. my question now is....how are these four families connected?
Isabella Laidlaw was born in Yarrow, Selkirk and was much the same age as Walter Ballantyne and Helen Scott. From the 1851 census, Walter's place of birth is listed as Selkirk. The Broadfoot neices are also from Selkirk.
As usual, more to find out.
- Where was Helen Ballantyne in 1851?
- Who is Agnes, the new wife of Walter?
The 20 most common surnames on gravestones recorded by us in the Yarrow monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): Scott (47), Anderson (22), Hogg (20), Laidlaw (18), Mitchell (16), Turnbull (16), Nichol (13), Johnstone (12), Little (12), Brown (12), Renwick (11), Brydon (10), Dalgleish (10), Amos (10), Beattie (9), Goodfellow (9), Baptie (9), Henderson (9), Brunton (8), Stewart (8). ...and Ballantyne!