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1781 James Wilson’s four fine silver watches

Four fine silver watches made by the 1781 Cornet, James Wilson, were stolen from the Bull and Mouth Inn in London in 1778 The New Daily Advertiser of 5 June 1778 reported a major robbery from the Bull and Mouth Inn in Holborn early that Sunday morning. The Bull and Mouth crops up often in the … Continue reading

1840 Charles Smith at the Races

The 1840 Common Riding was well reported and having carrid out the ceremonies of the day, retired to a well earned meal at the Tower Inn for the “more aged and grave citizens”, and the livelier do in the Town Hall, provided by Mrs Hay of the Crown Inn Living with Mrs Hay, and presumably … Continue reading

1847 Thomas Hay died aged 23

Thomas Hay, who was to be Cornet in 1847, was living in the Crown Inn on the High Street as a 12 year old in 1840, when Cornet Charles Smith and his followers were served a sumptuous dinner by the publican Mrs Ann Hay, helped no doubt by the young Thomas. The 1840 Common Riding … Continue reading

1808 William Beck

The Caledonian Mercury on 24 March 1808 carried an advert which would have been of interest to anyone wishing to have tweels, diaper, damask or cloth bleached at the Roslin Bleachfields. The proprietors promise that particular care is taken to preserve the fabric, and that a beautiful colour is given to the cloth, which would … Continue reading

1868 William Inglis and the Hawick Oil Refinery

William Inglis was the son of another father and son Cornet pairing: William senior in 1827, and William junior in 1868, so there was quite a time between them – 41 years. William senior, merchant, didn’t get married until late – in 1841 he was a 40 year old grocer at 64 High Street, unmarried … Continue reading