Featherstone One Name Study

Featherstone surname study registered with the Guild of One Name Studies

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Lamberton Toll; Irregular Border Marriages - Lamberton Toll

Although much has been written about the Irregular Border Marriages at Gretna Green, there were also many such marriages in the Eastern Borders, mainly at Lamberton Toll but also at Paxton Toll, Chain Bridge, Mordington and Coldstream during the 1800s. Although much has been written of southerners rushing to the border to be married chased by Father with a shot-gun, the reality is that many of these marriages were of Presbyterians and other non-conformists who would rather be married in Scotland than set foot in a Church of England - the only legal place to be married in England.

Furthermore, there were many couples who met at the Hirings Fair at Berwick, and rushed to Lamberton for a quick marriage the next day to avoid never seeing each other again. (agricultural labourers were often hired for one years work only, and had to go to the Hirings each year in the hope that someone would hire them for the next year). 
 
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Freemasons War Hospital the picture on the front side of the postcardsent by Charlie 
 
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Paul Edward Featherston 1935-2010 
 
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Paul Edward and Ernest Harold Featherston as children