Family History Notebook

John Swindle

Son of John Swindal and Sarah Dawson, baptised 5th July 1767 in Allendale, Northumberland, born at High Limestone Brae?

Married  Barbara Bowman on 23rd May 1793 in St Cuthbert's, Allendale, Northumberland

Children

Sarah, baptised 28th December 1793 at Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Limestone Brae)
Barbara, baptised 15th April 1797 at Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Limestone Brae)
John, baptised 4th January 1800 at Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Limestone Brae)
Thomas, baptised 13th November 1802 at Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Limestone Brae)
George, baptised 16th February 1806 at Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Limestone Brae)
Betty, baptised 8th May 1808 at Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Limestone Brae)
Mary, baptised 22 October 1810 at Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Limestone Brae)

Buried 16th November 1812 at Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Limestone Brae)

John (or his father)3 bought Limestone Brae from the Quakers in 1787 and he probably combined farming and lead mining - he certainly worked at Coalcleugh mine from 1806 till his death in 1812. In 1812 he raised a mortgage of 200 on Limestone Brae

Notes

1     John signed his marriage register entry Swindle although his name had been entered as Swindale.

2   In 1908 it is said of John's granddaughter - who had been living at High Limestone Brae - that  "she first saw the light in the old house where she has resided all her life. Her father and grandfather had been born in the same house." (Four Generations - plus two more, her father and grandfather). This implies that John Swindal, born 1767 was born at High Limestone Brae. Thus John Swindal might have acquired High Limestone Brae at an earlier date and that the purchase of the Meeting House was just tidying up.

3    John Swindal's later children were born at Farney Cleugh and he was buried at Black Cleugh. This implies that he did not own (the copyright to) High Limestone Brae and we can assign the purchase to this John Swindle. The Quakers (as a religious group) would never have wanted to own farming land and thus High Limestone Brae and the Meeting House must have been separate properties.

To re-iterate the time-line

1767    John Swindle born
1787    John Swindle (of his fathe Joh Swindal) buys Limestone Brae meeting house from the Quakers
1800...Inclosure
1812    John Swindle raises a mortgage on a moiety (not necessarily half) of (High) Limestone Brae and associated land