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Built on the former Douglas estate of Bonjedward, the 'new' house is back on the market.  A chance for a Douglas family to bring it back into clan hands, maybe?

Bonjedward House is a magnificent listed Georgian house dating from the latter stages of the 18th century. Built for Archibald Jerdon of Bonjedward and later the seat of the Dowager Marchioness of Lothian. Bonjedward House is a substantial Georgian country home. It was remodelled and extended during the next century and is set in an imposing position in the centre of its own extensive gardens and policies.

Bonjedward House requires (in 2020) internal completion, offering extensive and versatile accommodation and set at the end of a long tree-lined drive ending in a large gravel sweep parking area. The house has been partially rewired and had a new plumbing and central heating system installed. Originally dating from the early nineteenth century, the house is constructed of sandstone rubble with cream margins, moulded eaves and piended roof, and boasts a wealth of period features including ornate cornicing and Neoclassical plasterwork, original fireplaces, and sash and case windows with working shutters. 

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Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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