Hello all from Australia. As part of my research on my ancestors from Scotland, I am looking for information on Andrew Dow who lived on a farm called "Brockwoodlees" for at least some years prior to, and after 1856.
Brockwoodlees is/was at the village of "Hollows", which is on the road 3 miles (5klm) south of the township of "Langholm", on the way south-south east to the small town of "Canonbie", in south-west Scotland.
I have here, photocopies of 2 original documents which were found in my Grand-Father's possessions.
The earlier is a character reference, and reads:-
"Langholm Manse, 20th April 1853. The bearer Mr. John Dow has been known to me from his infancy. Born of respectable parents in this town, received a good education, and I hope is well qualified to discharge his duty in whatever situation he may be placed, with credit to himself and advantage to society." Signed:- "William Shaw, Min of the Parish of Langholm, Dumfries Shire."
The second reads:- "Brockwoodlees, 25th September, 1856. Sir, The favor of your company, here, to attend the Funeral of John Dow, my Son, to the place of Inter-ment, in Langholm Church-yard, on Monday, the 29th Current, at 12 o'Clock Noon, will much oblige, Sir, Your most obedient Servant, Andrew Dow."
That is all I have as "Fact". However, there is a strong possibility that Andrew Dow had a brother, also named John Dow, and that these 2 brothers came to Australia in the 1800's to the Victorian gold fields. At some point after that, Andrew returned permanently to Scotland while his brother John remained in Australia moving to the state of South Australia, and is the direct ancestor I am looking for.
Sorry this was so long-winded, but wanted to give all the info I had. Thanks for any help provided.
Ian R. Dow.
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