Berryhill Estate Document 1815

This interesting document was sent to me by my cousin Noeline who obtained it from Norman Pannell of Christchurch, NZ. in 1988.  It’s some kind of property assessment taken on the Duff Family farm of Berryhill (also spelled “Berriehill”) which was part of the larger estate called “Tullybeagles” in Lanarkshire, Scotland.

In the document “Berry Hill Lodge” is said to comprise 1,456 acres, most of which was pasture land.  The land is described as follows: “The arable land of this farm is in fair good order – The field very poor sheep ?? – much of it is a proper subject for planting.”  The farmhouse is described as “A very good house, slated, two stories high” and the barn is also described as slated.  The stabling builds were “all old huts.”, and the out-offices were described as “Ruinous.  The offices ought to be nearly all renewed using wood from the Hill to the Lodge.  Work could be of great use to the property.”.

The roads at Berry Hill were said to be “Very bad.  The place is hardly accessible.”

The section on proposed alterations recommends: “Add a part of Glachal at south corner of park and the sheep land of Gibeston 66.462 ought to be added and this is proposed because the greater quantity of sheep lands together the better chance there is for the tenant to do well with it.”

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Berryhill Estate Document 1815

Berryhill Estate Document 1815

Also mentioned on the same document is the land for Charles Duff Sr., which is called “Milton and Roickston”, which seems to have comprised some 165 acres.  This Charles is likely the son of William Sr.  Charles took over BerryHill on his father’s death in 1836.


About cthomas1967

Seeking to bring my ancestors out of the shadows of history and into the light. I have always been interested in history, and at a few different times I tried to do a family tree, but wasn't able to do it with the technology that was available then. On a business trip I visited the World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO and it was a very impressive establishment. While I was there I remember thinking, "Didn't my great-grandfather father fight in World War I? And wasn't his brother killed alongside him in some famous battle? I wonder if I can find out where he died." That's what started it all. View all posts by cthomas1967

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