Places mentioned in family documents and on Dryburgh stones.
Redpath is a village about 3 miles N of Dryburgh, to the east of Leader Water, a tributary of the Tweed.
Drygrange: It is on the west bank of Leader Water, about half a mile from Redpath village. ‘The estate in 1867 passed into the hands of Edward Sprot of Riddell. This gentleman pulled down the old, modest house and built the present red sandstone mansion, which was finished in 1889’. I am not aware of any pictures of the previous house. The house is today a nursing home. According to the history of Drygrange written by the previous owners (a seminary for training priests), the tenants of the house from 1480 to 1709 were the Lithgow family. According to the family memorial stones, William Forson’s ancestors were the tenants of Drygrange from the early 15th C to the late 17th C. This would seem to imply that either the Forsons and Lithgows are closely related, or the two families rented different parts of Drygrange. Has anyone any further knowledge?
Holydeanmill: There is a farmhouse named Halideanmill about two miles north of Dryburgh and about two hundred yards from the banks of the Tweed. This might be the same place?
Dernhall: location not known. Presumably near Dryburgh?
Calaburn: location not known. Presumably near Dryburgh?
Rutherglen: a suburb of Glasgow, about 2 miles SE of the city centre.
Redhouses: there is a Bluehouses near Dryburgh - and a Redhouses?
Eildon? Garrison Putnam Co NY: Garrison (formally Forsonville) is in Putnam Co NY state, USA, ( I presume this is the Garrison on the Hudson river about 50 miles N of New York). The Eildon hills are prominent features west of Dryburgh - was this used as a house name by John Forson in Garrison?
Sunderland: there is a Sunderland on the NE coast of England, about 60 miles from Dryburgh.
Buffalo: USA? There are many towns called Buffalo in the USA and well as some in Canada, South Africa and Australia. Does anyone have any knowledge about Thomas Forson (1837-1897).
New Malden, Surrey: JM Forson was a congregational minister in New Malden (England) in 1921. His father Andrew was living with him when he died.
Broughty Ferry is on N bank of the Firth of Tay, 4 miles E of Dundee in Scotland.
Smelholms: Smailholm? A village 7 miles NE of Dryburgh
Prestonpans: A battle was fought there in 1745. It is near Edinburgh
Merton: Mertoun? A village 1.5 miles E of Dryburgh
Beamerside: Bemersyde? A hamlet 1 mile N of Dryburgh
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