Great Scots book
With regards to the family history story about Christine Searle and the ‘Tilliduff ’ family in the March issue of the magazine, I came across the name in George F Black’s The Surnames of Scotland.
I often use this book in my own family tree research and thought Tilliduff would be an interesting name to look up. In the attachment I’ve sent, you can see there is some of the family was involved with the military.
There is a family legend that at some time he was a pharmacist at the royal residence Osborne House. He went on to found Sutton Foods, which went bust in the 1930s.
Unfortunately, I can find d nothing that tells us more about the tray. A wire has been soldered on to the back (not by me, I hasten to add!), presumably so that it could be hung on a wall. Can anyone help to identify its origins and give it a date?
Andy Bradley, by email Editor replies: Many thanks for alerting us to that book, John. It can be ordered through local libraries or read (and searched) online on The Hathi Trust website at catalog.hathitrust. org/Record/001598191. I am sure that it will be a great help to those researching their Scottish ancestors. EditorEdi replies: Many thhanks for sending this iin – it’s an interesting piece. Finding out how those items that have been passed down from our aancestors fitted into theeir lives is an exciting way of building a more rounnded picture of them as people. I do hope that someone reading this can help you solve the mystery of this exotic object. Does anyone else have mystery items that have been handed down to them through the generations?
Can you identify this brass
visiting card tray?