Do you have a will for the father? He might mention relations (siblings) which may give
you a clue as to what the family consisted of and where they came from.
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On 20 May 2017, at 09:56, Keith Drage <drageke(a)ntlworld.com>
I don't know whether the 1841 census instructions were significantly different for
Scotland, but those for England and Wales stated in regard to profession:
"Insert all other professions, trades or employments, as they were described by the
parties, or by others on their behalf, writing "J." for Journeyman,
"Ap." for Apprentice, and "Sh." for Shopman, after the statement of
the trade of those who are such. "Master" need not be inserted; every one will
be so considered who is not entered as journeyman or apprentice."
So "master" could be a bit of a catch all, in terms of the 1841 census, meaning
anyone who worked for themselves, or anyone who employed someone else.
Just to add to the suggestions - do any of the Dundee or Inverness newspapers have an
obituary of his death? At a stretch they might contain some details. Further, if you have
any candidates for father, then their obituary may well contain a list of mourners (with
relationships) - this will depend on the newspaper concerned and varies from region to
region, and with date.
> On 19-May-17 12:41 PM, Adrian Bruce wrote:
>> On 19 May 2017 at 08:29, Theresa Green <t.green(a)britglass.co.uk> wrote:
>> Hi - I have an ancestor born in Stirling, 1814, married in Dundee 1841 and
>> died in Inverness 1892 - his occupation that of a "master
> Re Christopher's suggestion about Guilds: If there was a Guild for
> confectioners in Dundee, I'd **guess** it was the Bakers (a.k.a. Baxters).
> It may depend on what sort of confectionery he produced but none of the
> other Dundee Guilds look plausible and Dundee Guilds had sections within
> them that could cover different sub-trades - my favourite combination being
> the jewellers and blacksmiths both being in the same Guild (the Hammermen)..
> Try http://ninetradesofdundee.co.uk/bakers/
- the Documents panel to the
> right contains a lot of stuff but not sure if it's got a list of members
> online - usually it's in the "Lockit Book". Even if you find him,
> no guarantee it'll mention his father.
> Having said that, by 1841, the Dundee Guilds are losing their role in
> enforcing membership so may not have had full membership of all master
> bakers. Beware also later use of the term "Master XXX" where it simply
> means that he was in business for himself and none of the previous stuff
> about Guild membership applies.
> Presumably you've got his death certificate, which should carry the names
> of both his parents. Should...
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