MURRAY family, late 1850-early 1860's
The home of Walter & Catherine Murray and their family in the late 1850's and early 18560's.
Note: there are two more blocks of cottages behind the two cottages seen here.
Located in the parish of Hobkirk, Hallrule Farm (on the east side of the road) was once part of the Usher estate. The Usher family owned a large part of the local area and a large house in Bedrule.
The census in 1861 records seven cottages supporting the farm. We do not know exactly which cottage was occupied by the Murray the family - but as farm workers these may well have been tied cottages at that time. There was also once a smithy in one of the back blocks.
Mr. David McTaggart of Hallrule Farm for information about the properties
Who lived here and when?
Walter & Catherine MURRAY and their family lived here in the 1850's and early 60's. They would have worked for Hallrule Farm across the road.
1861 Census for Hall Rule Cottage [no number] on 07 April
|Catherine Dalgleish||16||stepdaughter [note2]||Agricultural labourer|
|Helen Dalgleish||24||visitor [note3]||Agricultural Labourer|
|Walter Dalgleish||1||visitor [note4]|
- Ages are from the Census record and are not always accurate.
- Assumed a daughter of Catherine's
- Catherine's sister [unconfirmed]
- Helen's child [unconfirmed]
Events at Hallrule Cottages
These are the events known to have occurred at Hall Rule Cottages:
- James Murray born here in October 1856
About Hall Rule Cottages
|Date Occupied:||b/f 1856||Exact year unknown|
|Date Departed:||b/f 1871||Exact year unknown|
|Year Built:||b/f 1850||Exact year unknown|
|No of rooms:||Unknown|
|No of floors:||2||Appear to be ground + roof space|
|Type:||semi or terrace|
|Condition now:||Occupied||[See Note 1]|
- The current properties appear to be those that existed at the time of occupation.
The living accommodation was small for a family of eight and two visitors. Since we don't know which property was occupied there are no floor plans available.
|Ground floor plan:None available||Upper floor plan:None available|
Where are Hall Rule Cottages ?
Old maps can give some idea of the landscape the time the property was occupied and how it has changed since.
|1863||National Library of Scotland map||OS large scale map of the farm & cottages around the time that the Murray family lived there.|
|1954||National Library of Scotland map||OS 25K map of the general area|
Geographical Address Components:
Hall Rule Cottages; Hobkirk; Scottish Borders; Scotland.
Hall Rule Farm Cottage, Hawick, TD9 8JF
Parish & Former County:
Long & Lat [degrees in WGS84]:
W 2.644733333, N 55.41935
Start: b/f dd Oct 1855
End: b/f dd April 1871
References & Links:
|20140527||Scottish Places: Hobkirk|
Updated KJM 29 June 2016