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 ancestors in bold type          uk date format:  dd-mm-yyyy  
1650 Marriage of Sibella Powdrell and Robert Symington.  Mrs Norman
17-7-1655 Marriage, at Breedon, of (7xGGF) John Knowles (son of John and Margerie) and Elizabeth Darker. 
The Norman fortress Church of St Mary and St Hardulph at Breedon on the Hill.
Mrs Norman
1656 Marriage, at Worthington, John Powdrell of Long Whatton to Dorethy Pougher.  Mrs Norman 
1656 Marriage of (7xGGF) Thomas Powdrell and Anna Cox.  Mrs Norman
1657 Birth of Dorethy Powdrell, parents: John Powdrell and Dorethy Pougher  Mrs Norman
1658 Birth of (6xGGF)Thomas Powdrell, parents: Thomas Powdrel and Anna Cox  Mrs Norman 
1660 Birth of John Powdrell, parents: John Powdrell and Dorethy Pougher 
[Restoration of the Monarchy] 
Mrs Norman
1660 Land left to Thomas Powdrell and Anna Cox by Robert Eyre of Loughborough,    "...leave my land, known as The Narrows (and £18) to Thomas Powdrell, husband of Anna. Mrs Norman
1662 Birth of Ann Powdrell, parents: John Powdrell and Dorethy Pougher  Mrs Norman
1663 Dorethy (wife of John Powdrell) buried.         (Mrs Norman's family)  Mrs Norman
6Aug1663 Marriage of of John Meggatt and Margaret Fluiker Clare West
1666 Hearth Tax - Long Whatton -  
John Powdrel          - 1 hearth 
Thomas Powdrel    - 1 hearth  
Ellen Powdrel         - 1 hearth
Mrs Norman
8May1670 Birth, at Liberton, of Richard Tweedy, parents: Richard Tweedy and Margaret Thomson Clare West
9Nov1673 Birth, at Liberton, of Jean or Jane Meggat,parents: John Meggatt and Margaret Fluiker Clare West
4-5-1679  Birth, at Kinross, of (6xGGF) Thomas Dowie, father: Thomas Dowie OPR CD
1680 Birth of David Tweedie of Quothquan (Biggar).  Andr Tweedie
Feb 1685 [Accession of James II] -
13-4-1686 Marriage, at Ibstock, of (6xGGF) Thomas Knowles, (son of John and Elizabeth), and Anne Dakin.   
The Donnington Knowles land is now the racetrack but the house still stands - now the  Donnington Park Hotel.
13-2-1689 [William and Mary proclaimed King and Queen] -
25-6-1691 Birth, at Nailstone, Leicester, of Sarah Powdrel, parents: (6xGGF) Thomas Powdrel and Mary Pole.  Mrs Norman
13-2-1692  [Massacre of Glencoe] -
5-4-1692 Birth, at Nailstone, of Elizabeth Powdrel, parents: Thomas Powdrel and Mary Pole. Mrs Norman
26-9-1695 Birth, at Nailstone, of (5xGGF) John Powdrel, parents: Thomas Powdrel and Mary Pole. 
Rectory Lane, Nailstone, looking down to Glebe Farm.
Mrs Norman
28-4-1699 Birth, at Swepstone, Leicester, of (5xGGM) Catherine Knowles, parents: Thomas Knowles and Anne Dakin. Mrs Norman
20Oct1699 Marriage, at Kinross, of (6xGGF) Thomas Dowie and Margaret Hutson OPR CD
4Dec1702 Marriage, at Liberton, of Richard Tweedie and Jean or Jane Meggat Clare West
12Sep1703 Birth, at Liberton, of Agnes and John Tweedie, parents: Richard Tweedie and Jean Meggat Clare West
19May1706 Birth, at Liberton, of Christian Tweedie, parents: Richard Tweedie and Jean Meggat Clare West
10Nov1706 Birth, at Kinross, of (5xGGF) James Dowie, parents: Thomas Dowie and Margaret Hutson. OPR CD
1May1707 [Union of the Parliaments] - can't beat a good a euphemism. -
09Jan1709 Birth, at Liberton, of William Tweedie, parents: Richard Tweedie and Jean Meggat Clare West
8Jan1710 Birth of (5xGGM) Catherine Dowie, parents: William Dowie and Margaret Livingstone. OPR CD
22Feb1713 Birth, at Liberton, of Isabel Tweedie, parents: Richard Tweedie and Jean Meggat
1714 [Accession of George I]  -

Birth, at Liberton, of Magdaleen and David Tweedie, parents: Richard Tweedie and Jean or Jane Meggat

Clare West
27-9-1722 Will of  (6xGGF) Thomas Poudrel of Nailstone:- 
In the name of God Amen: I Thomas Powdrel of Nelston in the county of Leicester, yeoman, being a little sick and weakly but of sound and perfect mind and memory, praise be therefore given unto Almighty God for it, I do make and ordain this my present last will and testament in manner and form following (viz) first and principally, I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God, hoping through the miracle of death and passion of my saviour Jesus Christ to have full and everlasting life; and my body I commit to the Earth, to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor hereafter named; and as touching the disposition of all such temporal estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to besto upon me, I give and dispose thereof as followeth:  First, I will that all my debts and funeral charges shall be paid and discharged;  Item: I give and devise unto my son John Poudrel and my daughter Ann all my household goods to be equally divided between them at the oversight of any two neighbours who they shall think fit; Item: I give and bequeath to my son John Poudrel all my quickstock and all money that is due or owed unto me by bill bond or other writing from or by any person or persons whosoever;  and if my son John Poudrel happen to marry any time after my decease my will and mind is that he shall give unto his sister, Anne, twenty pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain;  Item: I give unto my three daughters, Mary, Sarah and Elizabeth, five shillings a piece and herein and hereby I do make my son John Poudrel my full and sole executor of this my last will and testament and I do hereby revoke, disannul and make void all former wills and testaments by me heretofore made, In witness whereof I, the said Thomas Poudrel  have hereunto let my hand and soul the 27th day of September Annoq Dom. 1722. 
Mrs Norman
Oct 1722 Inventory of the livestock and crops etc. of  (6xGGF) "Thomas Poudrel late of Nailstone"
Wheat, oats and hay =£60; 
Horseflesh £50, Cattle £35, Sheep £28, Pigs £2.10
Total, including waggons and other impliments of husbandry etc.,=£204 
Mrs Norman
21-9-1723 Marriage, at Ibstock, of (5xGGF) John Powdrel and Katherine Knowles IGI CD
3-7-1724 William Baxter, retired schoolmaster, buried.  (witness to will of Thomas Powdrel) Mr Jordan
1727 [Accession of George II] -
1728 [Birth of Robert Adam] -
23-8-1729 Marriage, at Canongate, Edinburgh, of (5xGGF) James Dowie and Catherine Dowie. OPR CD
26-5-1734 Birth, at Nailstone, of (4xGGF) John Powdrel, parents John Powdrel and Catherine Knowles IGI CD
[July - Prince Charlie lands in Scotland;   September - Battle of Prestonpans] The Knowles family of Donnington and Nailstone, were English Jacobites. Local history has it that Prince Charles stayed at Joseph's house overnight and that the decision to abandon the advance was taken not at Derby but at the Knowles' Elmside Farm in Nailstone.  Scotch firs were planted as a mark of Jacobite sympathy. (5xGGM) Catherine's brother, Joseph, was sentenced to be hung, drawn, and quartered for his part in the 45 rebellion.  He was reprieved due to the intervention of the Earl of Hastings. Trevor  Jordan 
"History of 
1746 [January - Battle of Falkirk;  April - Culloden] -
21-9-1746 Birth, at Kinross, of (4xGGF) Thomas Dowie, parents: James Dowie and Catherine Dowie (parents Wm Dowie and  Margaret Livingstone). OPR CD
29-1-1748 Marriage of (5xGGF) John Powdrell (widower) and Elizabeth Leadbetter.  IGI CD

 (Written on fly leaf or first page of the Nailstone Register of Baptisms)

The Register of Nailstone 1719

A cure for the Bite of a Mad Dog (said to be infallible) brought from Tonquin by S ir George Cobb, Baronet.
Take 24 Grains of Native Cinnabar, 24 Grains of Factitious Cinnabar, and 16 grains of Musk; grind all together into an exceeding fine Powder, and put it into a small Tea-Cup of Arrack Rum or Brandy - let it be well mixt, and give it the person as soon as possible after the bite - a second dose of the same must be repeated thirty Days after, and a third may be taken in thirty more - But if the symptoms of Madnefs appear on the Persons , They must take one of the above Doses immediately, and a second in an hour after; and if wanted, a third must be given a few hours afterwards - N.B. This Recipe is calculated for a full grown Person; but must be given in smaller Quantities to children in Proportion to their ages - This Medicine has been given (says the communicator) to Hundreds wth success; and that S ir George Cobb himself has cur'd two Persons who had the symptoms of Madnefs upon Them - I my self gave it to W m Smalley's son Joseph (about 5 years old) who was bit very much in the face; and Mr Smith of Cadeby gave it to two children there about the same Time, wth success.

- July 2nd 1754. B. Holwell, Cur.

13Mar1755 Marriage, at Dysart, of Alexander Allan and Agnes Fife Clare West
1756 Marriage (1st), at Earl Shilton, of (4xGGF) John Powdrell of Nailstone and Sarah Illson of Stoney Stanton. Mrs Norman
25Jan1759 [Birth of Burns] -
Oct 1760 [Accession of George III] -
5-3-1763  Marriage, at Canongate, Edinb, of (5xGGF) David Tweedie and Janet Paterson.   
(David Tweedie of The Combs, Liberton)? 
This, from the memoirs of David Tweedie (b.1822):  
David Tweedie had a farm at Liberton on some form of long lease.  He was induced to give it up after an amorous affair. He was later connected with a brewery at Edinburgh.  During this time he met and married Janet Paterson, whose father was connected with the British Linen Company.  Janet Paterson was held in high esteem, especially by Euphemia Lyall.  David and Janet Tweedie moved to Dollar, where David held an office in connection with the silvermines there. These were later closed, as they were not commercially viable. Their eldest son, David Tweedie, was born at Dollar in 1770  [actually 20Oct1765]  The family next lived at Aldie, five or six miles east of Dollar.  [2 miles south east of Crook of Devon - near Cleish but in the parish of Fossoway and Tulliebole].   They then moved to Maryburgh (Cleish), Kinrosshire, where David senior was an innkeeper. He was also a brewer and farmer.  He was a "jolly good fellow", styled "the Provost" at the inn. David (b. 1716) was possibly the only son, but he had a sister or sisters. They were spinsters, who died in Lasswade.

Clare West 

29-1-1764 Birth, at Dysart, Fife, of Elizabeth Allen, parents: Alexander Allan and Agnes Fife. Clare West 
15-02-1764 Birth,at Canongate, Edinburgh, of Frances Tweedie, parents: David Tweedie and Janet Paterson. Clare West 
20-10-1765 Birth, in Dollar, Clackmannan, of (4xGGF) David Tweedie, parents: David Tweedie and Janet Paterson OPR CD
03-05-1767 Birth, at Aldie, Fossoway & Tulliebole, of Ann Tweedie, parents: David Tweedie and Janet Paterson.  
1768 [Birth of David Hamilton, architect] -
16-07-1769 Birth, at Aldie, Fossoway & Tulliebole, of Christian Tweedie, parents: David Tweedie and Janet Paterson.
1771 Marriage (2nd) of (4xGGF) John Poudrel (widower) and  Elizabeth Norton (both of Nailstone)  Mrs Norman 
24-03-1771 Birth, in Cleish, of Margret Tweedie, parents: David Tweedie and Janet Paterson.
18-7-1773 Marriage of Thomas Dowie , master mason, Kinross, and May Millions.  OPR CD
31-7-1774 Birth of Margaret Dowie, parents: Thomas Dowie and May Millions. OPR CD
1775 (-'81) 
[American War of Independence] -
30-4-1775  Birth, at Nailstone, Leicester, of  Eleanor Pouderel, parents: John Poudrel and Elizabeth Norton.  IGI CD
29-6-1777 Birth, at Nailstone, Leicester, of  Elizabeth Pouderel, parents: John Poudrel and Elizabeth Norton. IGI CD 
1777 John Powdrell of Nailstone, "recusant", fined 10 shillings for declining to comply with anti-Catholic legislation.   [Fined twice this year as a recusant] Mrs Norman
8-3-1779 Birth, at Kinross, of Thomas Dowie, parents: Thomas Dowie,  mason, and May Millions. OPR CD
23-4-1780 Birth, at Nailstone, Leicester, of (3xGGF) John Pouderel, parents: John Poudrel and Elizabeth Norton 
Nailstone 1998  -  (The Queen's Head Inn)
Mrs Norman
2-7-1780 Marriage, at Kinross, of James Foot and Janet Graeme IGI Kinross
18-3-1781 Birth of John Dowie, parents: Thomas Dowie and May Millions. -
19-10-1783 Birth of Mary Dowie, parents: Thomas Dowie and May Millions. -
John Darker 1722-1784 
Artist unknown,.18th century 
Oil on canvas. 30 x25 ins. 
Mentioned in Nichols, History of Leicestershire, Vol. 1, p.354 among the pictures hanging in the Guildhall. 
Provenance:  Presented to the Corporation by Edward Lovedon Lovedon, John Darker's son-in-law.  Transferred to the Museum collection, 1926. 
"John Darker probably came of an old Leicester family - several Darkers held Corporation office,.in the sixteenth century - and is stated to have been a native of Stoughton where several of his name are buried."
"Like William Herrick, a century and a half before, he made his fortune in London; unlike him he did not come back to live in Leicestershire, though he bought Manorial rights at Queniborough and elsewhere. 
"He did come back to Leicester, however and in a dramatic fashion.  In a borough bye-election in 1766 the Tory candidate, Bakewell, was not acceptable to the Corporation.  At the eleventh hour, it was announced that a rich merchant owning lands in the county and (what was even more important) able to bring to the poll 120 Leicester freemen from London, had come forward as a candidate.  On the second day of the poll Bakewell retired, the London voters were stopped by express at Dunstable and Darker was returned.  He was defeated by a Whig in 1768 but in 1774 and 1780 a compromise was effected and Darker sat as a Tory together with Booth Grey a Whig. 
"John Darker seems to be have been a man of wide interests and of considerable public spirit.  He was elected F.S.A. in 1766 and F.R.S. in 1768, though as he did not contribute papers to either society it is probable that his interest was that of a man of general culture rather than that of a serious antiquary or scientist.  He was treasurer of St. Bartholomew's Hospital for twenty years and put his name down on the first subscription list for the Leicester Royal Infirmary for £300. 
"Nichols describes him as "in the House of Commons a very useful member of the Committee of Trade and Commerce" and as a man of independent judgment, unwilling to support party measures "against the dictates of his honest mind". 
"John Darker died in 1784 and was buried in the church of St. Bartholomew the Less, in London, where there is, or was, a memorial to him.  He left two daughters, one of whom married Sir George Shuckburgh, Bt., M.P., and the other, firstly Joseph Nash, of London, and secondly Edward Lovedon Lovedon, M.P., who came into the Queniborough property and presented Darker's portrait to the town of Leicester."
Keeper of 
Fine Art, 
New Walk 
1-1-1786 Birth of James Dowie, parents: Thomas Dowie and May Millions.  -
19-8-1787  Birth of John Dowie, parents: Thomas Dowie and May Millions. -
1787 Publication, by Nathaniel Jones, of the first Directory of Glasgow. -
1788 Marriage of David Tweedie (son of David Tweedie and Janet Paterson) and Elizabeth Allen 

This from the memoirs of David Tweedie (b.1822): 
David had a good education, but did not want to take up any of the "learned professions" or to follow in his father’s footsteps. Instead, he learned weaving.  He married Elizabeth Allan, the daughter of Alexander Allan, a boot and shoemaker of Dysart.  Their son,  David , was born at Sinclairtown in 1790. Shortly after this the family moved to Blair Adam.  They had no clock or watch, just a gamecock to wake them up in the morning with its crowing and an hourglass to tell how far through the day they were. David Tweedie (b. 1765) could make a good living working short hours and had plenty of time to go walking in the countryside, collecting birdsnests etc. Elizabeth ("Granny") was a good singer.  After a few years the family moved to Maryburgh, where Granny kept a shop and Grandfather was a spinning agent for the district. The business was based in Pathhead, Kirkcaldy. 

This from the journal of Mr McKenzie, Gardener at Blair Adam, by Kelty, Fife, whilst Robert Adam, architect, was Laird:  

"Chapter 37 - David Tweedie and his family  

[Page255] "It had been a rule on the estate to encourage tradesmen to settle here so that it was easy to have all that was required, both for the land and the people provided for amongst themselves. David Tweedie was a weaver and a first class worker. When he settled on the estate is not quite certain. He was married and had a family of three sons and two daughters at least. The rule was for each family who could at all afford it, to keep a cow and grain was supplied at a moderate rate. While hay was also to be had provided the party requiring this would work a piece of meadow land and, in the season, secure what was required for winter use, along with turnips and potatoes. David not only trained his sons to be good weavers but also in all that fitted them for being good gardiners, with a knowledge of how to have, retain, and provide for a cow. By this, the old standard food, porridge and milk was, to a considerable extent, secured. 

"At this period, the laird of Blair Adam was often non-resident at the house, and David being a man who could be trusted to look afater this house and its contents - he was permitted to reside with his family during the laird’s absence and, as the laundry premises were most fit for this purpose, as being within the bounds of the dwelling house and yet apart from it. [P. 256] While, on the return of the family, David and his family returned to a house on the Blair Hill not very far distant. In this way, the sons of David knew all that was going on and were thereby rendered familiar with other circumstances connected therewith. Thus the writer became acquainted with much connected with the estate which, apart from that, would have afterwards been lost.

"David’s three sons were named David John and William. David and William followed their father’s business and John became a shoemaker. As the others grew up, David (the)? son had taken a home of his own while his sister resided with her father and brother William. The family being highly musical, they all developed a liking for song and being gifted with fine voices. William was early appointed precentor in a large congregation in Dunfermline, walking from Kelty each sabbath morning. He was greatly esteemed as a singer. David, on the other hand, had got a home of his own and married a good wife, the daughter of a fine man named William Lyall. David Junior was settled in Bridgend and was more a man of business. He had a large loom shop with a number of looms. He had a family of five sons and two daughters. A most superior set of sons and daughters they were - all good singers and of gentle manners and superior characters. They all learned the weaving first, while they were made useful in many ways to be fitted for country life and were a credit to the estate, [P. 257] being very industrious. They were mostly early married, the eldest son, David - we may call him the third - was tall and he learned the science of gardening and horticulture. He had the manners and address of a noble man with a voice like a woman who, in the mastery of Scottish song, had few equals. He married a superior young woman brought up on the estate, Alison Jackson, a true help meet. They had a family who all did well and succeeded in business. The eldest son was David. His son, in turn, was also David and, again, his son was David so that, in the writer’s time and knowledge, there were six David Tweedies of this one family, and the father of the sixth is the Parish minister of the kirk at (Hitehill or Stitehill)? in Berwickshire. While all the other members of this family and their branches have done well and are a credit to the stock from which they are derived, and the estate of Blair Adam.  

"Note: at the period to which early reference is made, the public road passed over Kelty bridge beside which was a roadside inn for travellers between Edinburgh and Perth. This road continued through to the estate from this bridge, on through the little bridge behind Middletoun and Maryburgh, coming on to join the Great North Road at Kinneard. The present road was constructed more direct and further east when the Grt N Road was laid down. [P.258] 

"David, whom we term the second, took a great interest in the Tabernacle or little church in the village, keeping the keys, putting up the bible in the pulpit, getting one of his sons to load the praises, light the candles when the season required this, and he was one of the best at repeating the questions out of the shorter chatechism when the minister’s (visitral) (?) came (around)?. Personally, he was always __ happy and cheery, ready to relate the old stories of the locality.  One was that having been brought up so near the big house, he came in contact with the sons of the L.C.C.   One in particular was Frederick but, boy like, they were often great friends, but whiles a “cast out” as it was termed, settled in some cases by a close contact fight - One of them, Frederick had given the other a sharp knock so David, not content with this had returned it when the tempers (came?) up they were closed in a “pitch in.” - this was on the grass by the north side of the house. The laird happened to be looking out of the window and seeing how things were going outside and a little (undecided)? he went to the porch of the front door, found a dog whip hanging there and, with this in hand, hurried out along the grass and laid it smartly on the shoulders of the fighters which startled the two lads when they at once took ( ? ) the ( ? ) and separating, ran off in different directions, not a word having been spoken. Shortly after, a known boy’s cry was heard which was readily responded and the lads soon joined to enquire “were you sore hit?” and finding they had both got easily off, they were (faster)? friends than ever and this friendship continued as long as the two lived, Fred becoming the Rt. Hon. General Sir Frederick Adam K.C.B.T "


Clare West

With thanks 
to the present owners of the 
Blair Adam 

1789 [French Revolution] -
27-9-1789 Birth of May Dowie, parents: Thomas Dowie and May Millions OPR CD
3-12-1789 Birth, at Kinross, of William Foote, parents: James Foot and Janet Graham IGI Kinross
22-5-1791 Birth, at Kinross, of Catherine Dowie, parents: Thomas Dowie and May Millions  OPR CD
1792 [Death of Robert Adam, architect, and MP for Kinross, - architect to George III 1761-68] -
1793 Approx year of  (3xGGF) John Powdrell - aged about 13 - joining the Glasgow Volunteers. Mrs Norman

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