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OLIPHANT papers – I, Robert OLIPHANT

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Closely connected to this document is Robert Oliphant’s “Trust Disposition and Settlement”.

OLIPHANT papers; envelope 2; document 5;

Front page; front pageTranscription of front page;

I Rob Oliphant, ship owner #
of Kirkcaldy, considering the un- #
-certainty of this Life & the propriety #
of settling my affairs so as to [prevent] #
dispute amongst my children #
after my death. Have valued all #
my Heritable & moveable property. #
which I hereby [Dispone] and Convey #
as follows first that my spouse #
Janet Oliphant [shall be] [liferented] #
in my [Heritable] property which #
[she is] […] in [this] 29 Dec 1825. & #
to [enjoy] all her [] lifetime & [to …] #
[rent] of [same]. also [the] [liferent] of #
[all] [my] [Household] furniture #
[silver] [plate] [x..] [x..]. also to be paid #
also a sum of £500 […] #
out of my [moveable] property [twenty] #
[appropriate] [for] [the] [purpose] –

Page 2; page-2Transcription of page 2;

pounds a year – every year during her #
life time – this annuity to be paid – The moveable property con- #
-sisting partly of [shipping] & money amounts #
to about Twenty eight hundred pounds #
I wish to be divided equally share & #
share alike amongst my children #
[…] Henry – William – Rob. – & George #
Christian – Mary & Janet Oliphant #
& should any of my sons wish to have #
their share on the shipping they may #
have it on my trustees [fixing] the value #
of [same] [at] the time [this] [takes] [place] – #
There is a sum of about Five hundred #
pounds [excluding] of the above £2800 for #
the twenty pounds a year for my wife #
Janet Oliphant

Page 3; page-3

Transcription of page 3;

[It is] [this] day [contracted] [&] formaly agreed on #
between Rob Oliphant shipowner in #
Kirkcaldy & His spouce Janet Oliphant #
who has at [present] [seven] Children alive #
(of their marriage which [took] place the #
5 Janu 1797) […] Henry, William, Rob, #
& George – sons Christian, Mary & Janet #
Oliphant. That in consideration of the [uncertainty] #
of this life & that no difference may [take] [place] #
[with] […] Children at either of our Deaths. #
we have this […] mutually valued our Property #
which is the whole Heritable & moveable #
amount to — £4800 – #

that Having [duly] [considered] [all] the [matter]. I [have] #
[life…]. my spouce Janet Oliphant in my #
Heritable property. [valued] at £1500 which #
she is […] [&] to [enjoy] Her life – also to [be] #
[paid] £400 – [all of] [my] moveable property which #
is to be [in] Her disposal [&] to be [divided] [on] her [death] #  
to my Children. equally […] […] […]

Page 4; page-4

Transcription of page 4;

[most] […] after the above […] [there] #
[will] remain about – £2800 – Which #
I [wish] to be [divided] amongst my […] #
Children when of age – & [at] the #
Death of their mother. [the] [heritable] #
Property [valued] [at] £1500 – [to be] #
divided equally – […] them to pay #
[each] of [their] [sisters] […] £200 #
[each] – [I] […] [this] […] [&] #
[…] [on] my trustees Mr John [Prack] #
G.Dougall – G.Oliphant – Hy.[Barker] #
[&] [my] [oldest] […] Hy.Oliphant

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OLIPHANT papers – Mr BAXTER, Gray Street, Newington, 1825

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To give a little background context to this document, the information that I have is that a George DOUGAL (or DUGAL) married Agnes BARKER in 1762, and I have note of them having 3 sons. Agnes BARKER had 2 sisters (Mary and Christian), who married brothers from the OLIPHANT family – both of whom are my direct ancestors.

EDIT; At first glance I took the surname to which this letter is addressed, to be “BARKER”! But having transcribed it, then looked closer at what it says, and done a little digging into other records, I’ve found that George DOUGAL and Agnes BARKER’s oldest son (also ‘George’), had a daughter (Elizabeth, chr.30/7/1819 at St Cuthberts, Edinburgh) outside of marrage, with an Elizabeth BAXTER. So this letter (and 2 other documents HERE and HERE) appear to relate to the custody of that child.

OLIPHANT papers; envelope 1; document 9;

Cover – address; cover_address

Transcription of cover – address;

Mr Baxter # Gray Street # Newington

inside – left page; inside-left

Transcription of inside – left page;

Edin. 17 Dec 1824. The Lords having corse #
[dered] [the] [mutual] memorials & whole [cause] #
before answer appoint the [trustees] of the #
said George DOUGALL to lodge a [con…] [.] #
[stating] [what] [sum] they propose to pay to the #
[pursuer] Elizabeth BAXTER in name of [Alim.] #
for Elizabeth DOUGALL in case she shall #
[persist] in [claiming] the custody of her the #
[con…] to be [prented] & […] on or #
before the […] day in the [needs] under an #
[amend] of Ten pounds sterling –

inside – right page; inside-right

Transcription of inside – right page;

Edin. 5 July 1825.
The Lords having resumed consideration of this #
cause and advised the [mutual] memorials for the #
parties with the [condescendance] for Mr DOUGALLs Trustees #
Defenders and the answers thereto for Mrs Elizabeth #
BAXTER [pursuer] they find the said Trustees Defenders #
liable to [furnish] to the pursuer as aliment for his [daughter] #
the yearly sum of One hundred & Fifty pounds stirling [&] #
that from George DOUGALLs death 26th August 1823 to #
be paid to her in advance and by half yearly payments #
as also in the yearly sum of Forty pounds sterling for the #
[rents] of a house and that by half yearly payments #
as also in the yearly sum of £40 sterling for the [rents] #
~~~ house and that by half yearly payments & [de~~~] #
~~~. Find the Trustees liable to the [pur…] #
in expences appoints an account to be given [in] #
and [comit] it when lodged to the auditor to [take] #
and report and [find] that all the expences [incurred] #
in the [discussion] are to be paid out of and charged #
by the Trustees against the Trust funds and also [find] #
the said [defenders] liable in such reasonable [forms] #
of expence as may be necessarily laid out or incurred #
in the education of the said Elizabeth BAXTER such sums #
to be paid on a regular account with sufficient vouchers #
being [exhibited] and that half yearly and […]. #
two words delete #
signed 8[th] July – [C] Hope [J.P.D.]

Back page; back

Transcription of back page;

Mr A Scott with Comp~ to MRS BAXTER begs to #
enclose copies of the Interlocutors [pronounced] by the #
court & signed ^ today in the [process] between her and Mr Dougall’s #
Trustees, – and to congratulate her upon the success- #
-ful termination of this cause. – [Mr.] will call upon #
[Mrs] B. some day soon.

17 George Street #
8 July 1825

Notes on terms used in the text;