Alexander Moncrieff, schoolmaster, and the Houton estate

Moncrieff is one of the more unusual surnames in my family tree. Unusual for Orkney that is. The name links to Houton, formerly a small estate in the parish of Orphir, Orkney. Map (name spelled Houston) Moncrieff origins I’d never investigated where the Moncrieffs came from but last year I had a client whose ancestry  |  more…

Valuation rolls – how valuable?

What information do they have? Valuation rolls give you: a description and location for the house or property, the name of the proprietor (owner), the name of the tenant and/or occupier sometimes the occupation of the occupier and the yearly rent or value. Doesn’t sound very exciting? Read on… A scenario I was researching someone  |  more…