Peter G. M. Dale
2020-03-05 19:14:45 UTC
Just a brief note to inquire whether it is possible to establish what, if any, legal relationship existed between the wife (Katherine Darling) named in the land record below and the property that is the subject of the transaction. Any advice or assistance would be appreciated.
pdale (at) peterdale (dot) com
National Records of Scotland - GD157/98
Contract between James Thurbrand, portioner of Smailhame, and Katherine Darling, his spouse, on one part, and Adam Wilsone in Smailhame, on the other part, dated at Kelso 1 May 1617. In return for 1,020 merks Scots money, James Thorburn wadsets (mortgages) to Adam Wilson half a husbandland with the whole ‘heidrowme’ of a husbandland, and 3 rigs of land in Gilders rig and 2 butts in the new dyk, with whole grass of a husbandland (except two rigs of land lying in the shott called the ‘dyekar’). Witnesses James Pringle maltman in Kelso, William Pringle his son, Andrew Darling in ‘apilltreleiffis’ [Appletreeleaves], William Yett webster in Kelso and Andrew Craig, notary public or writer in Kelso. Katherine Darling and Adam Wilson cannot write, subscribed by the notary at their command. A note dated at Smailholm 3 April 1621 documents that the money was repaid to Adam Wilson, the clause of redemption was activated, and James Thorburn “asked instrument”, and another dated at Smailholm 20 April 1622 records that James Thorburn “took instrument”. Sasine by James Thurbrand portioner of Smailholm with the advice and consent of Katharine Darling his spouse, of half a husbandland and others in Smailholm, per contract dated at Kelso 1 May 1617 in favour of Adam Wilson in Smailholm.