Registration of Seamen

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clarkie
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Registration of Seamen

Post by clarkie » Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:19 am

I have just located the following information on form BT120 from findmypast:

MERCHANT SEAMANS REGISTRATION NUMBER: 14182
James Stewart Age: 58. (1778) Place of birth: Arran. County of birth: Buteshire
Series: BT120 Date range: 1835-1836 Piece number: 5
Occupation Cook. Ship belonging to: ? of Ayr – July 1836

Some time ago I obtained similar information relating to his son Daniel Stewart which lead to further data obtained from the National Archives this proved to be very helpful, however will the above lead to further data at Kew?

I know that James Stewart married on Arran about 1798 but there are no details on the IGI record and he is not listed on SP. He was living in Irvine, Ayrshire in 1820, according to the town census of that year, in the house were two Males & one female.James was noted as a Seaman. I cannot trace him in 1841 so I presume either he was at sea or he died between 1836 & 1841.

Does anyone know what the records were like between about 1795 & 1836?

Regards

Colin
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Currie
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Re: Registration of Seamen

Post by Currie » Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:48 pm

Hello Colin,

No mention of the ship’s name?

We’ll probably have to have a look at what the NA says about “Looking for records of a merchant seaman serving up to 1857”

Online from 1835 which would be what you’ve seen, and there’s a bit more about Agreements and Crew Lists etc at Kew. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/reco ... re1857.htm

There’s more here setting out the information held for different periods. The very early records before 1834 don’t look like they would be very useful. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/reco ... 7-1860.htm

Hope that helps,
Alan

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Re: Registration of Seamen

Post by LesleyB » Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:54 pm

Duplicate post made in Scottish people moved off forum to keep all replies to the post in the one thread.

Best wishes
Lesley

clarkie
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Re: Registration of Seamen

Post by clarkie » Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:00 pm

Hi Alan,
Good to hear from you and thanks for the info.
Sadly no ship was mentioned on the BT120 and the name of the owner was difficult to read could be Till of Ayr?

Regards

Colin
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clarkie
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Re: Registration of Seamen

Post by clarkie » Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:03 pm

Hi Lesley.
My apologies I intended posting in Seafaring, I did not realise until later that it was in People, tried to correct it but failed miserably.

Colin
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Re: Registration of Seamen

Post by LesleyB » Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:05 pm

No problem Colin. It just makes it easier for you and those who are "on your case" if all replies are kept together.

You are able delete your own posts if you need to. (wee X at the bottom right of a post)

Best wishes
Lesley

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