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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2005 12:37 am    Post subject: Banff, Scotland Reply with quote

BANFF SCOTLAND - ELDER research Banff Photos Sent by Cheryl Weedon, Australia
Old Parish Registers:
Joseph ELDER christen 11 Jul 1783 Banff Scotland (born 6 JUL 1783 Banff-- Parish records)
Baptism witnesses: William Elder, grandfather, and William Smith, shoemaker
Son of Adam Elder, shoemaker in Banff,
and Ann Harroway [HARROWER] (born 20 May 1754 Banff)
married: 4 AUG 1777 (her f: George Harrower m: Jean Christie)
Marriage of Joseph Elder to Elizabeth Byne [BOYNE] 20 Mar 1802 - Banff Scotland

BANFF - ELDER -More Old Parish Records on (6)

Daniel Morgan's webpage of Sasines posted here:

One ELDER entry in the BANFF SEISINS - land owners microfilm
for Argyllshire and Banffshire - 1781-1868 (LDS #104164):
"JAMES ELDER, Commander of the Neptune of Portsoy,
and Elspeth Robertson, his spouse, Seised, for
their repspective interests, Feb 22, 1781, - in
a tenement in Portsoy, par. Fordyce; --on Disp.
by Walter Goodbrand in Portsoy, Feb 22, 1781."

BOYNE HOTEL in Portsoy (near Banff)
This cosy coastal village hotel is privately owned by Mrs Helen Christie and her family..

Duff House in Banff (on Scotland Castles Tour)
CHURCHYARD OF BANFF. Photos of Cemetery, sent by Ann Elder Norz
(49) In memory of Adam Elder, who died June 21st, 1829,
aged 82, and of Ann, his wife, who died April 25th, 1821,
aged 69, also of George Elder, son of the above,
who died March 3, 1853, aged 60, and of Margaret, his wife, who
died January 27th, 1837, aged 36,
and of their son George Elder, who died Aug ust 2Ist, 1849, aged 21.
"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."*
*" Adam Elder, although a poor man, and labouring in his humble craft for his daily bread, had a pride in giving his sons a fair education easily
accessible at that time, as it still is, at our Banff Academy.
Alexander, third son of Adam, thus prepared entered the establishment of the Messrs. Imlach, carrying on various branches of book selling
business in Banff. Remaining in their employment for some ten years, and gaining a character for steadiness and capacity these gentlemen urged
his moving to London, and handed him over to a friend who had bought up, and succeeded to the great
publishing and bookselling house of Vernor, Hood and Sharp.
Here our Banff man acquired a thorough knowledge of
London work and habits, and promotion was sought for in another house.
About the same period that Elder commenced London life, a youth of the name of Smith was consigned to the tender mercies of the same party in
town by the well-known bookseller in Elgin,
Mr. Isaac Forsyth.
Smith followed pretty much the same course as his Banff compeer;
and the two finally, united in opening a publishing house of their own in Fenchurch Street. . . . All the world knows that Smith and Elder have
for many years carried on one of the first Publishing Establishments in the metropolis."
(Imlach's "Chronicles.")
Alexander Elder died in February, 1876, at the age of 86 years.
James Gordon Smith died in London in March, 1873.
He is said to have been also a native of Banff, and left Mr. Imlach's book shop in Low Street Banff, about 1836. He aided in building up the firm
of Messrs. Smith, Elder and Co., publishers, Cornhill, and will long be remembered for the generosity and encouragement he showed to north
country men when they came to reside in London
[George Smith, Sr. and Jr. were publishers with Alexander Elder in London]
[See "The House of Smith Elder" by Leonard Huxley, London, 1923] Full text in
National Library of Scotland - Main Catalogue
Imlach, James.
Title: History of Banff and familiar account of its inhabitants and
belongings to which are added chronicles of the old churchyard of Banff by James Imlach
Imprint: Banff Leask 1868
Also in Banff Cemetery:
(35) Here lies inter'd the body of John Stewart, an honest, faithful and affectionate servant to the family of Findlater for above 14 years, he died
the 12th day of June, 1777.
(39) Sacred to the memory of John Leslie, who died April 9th, 1836,
aged 48 years, and Jane Watt, his wife, who died
July, 1843, aged 54 years, also three of their children
Charlotte, John,-and Charies, who died in youth and infancy.
Also of their grandchildren John, Leslie, Solomon, Jeanie and Alexander Watt,
children of George Shearer, clothier,
who all died in childhood.
Also the said George Shearer, clothier, who died 28th October, 1886, aged 86 years.

Eliza Elder Brightwen, niece of Alexander Elder
Naturalist author - publications, including her Autobiography "Eliza Brightwen" quoted here:
Nancy Elder Petersen
Vancouver, WA USA
Host, ELDER DNA project
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