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Propriator of houses in 1851 census?

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Dawn Report 25 Dec 2012 15:20

Hi all
My 6x great grandmother was down as a 'propriator of houses' in the 1851 scottland census, she was a widow at the time, what does this actually mean, did she own houses other than her own and where could i find out more info please?
Thanks in advance


Andrew Report 25 Dec 2012 16:41

It should mean that she owned other houses and probably lived off the rents.

There are some property lists for Scotland available on Ancestry. Will search if you can give us her name and address.



Dawn Report 1 Jan 2013 14:38

Hi Andrew
Thanks for your help. Her name was Jean/Jane Heatlie (bear in mind the different surname spellings) she was a widow in 1851 living in Selkirk scotland, she was 64 years old she died in August 1855 when the registers started i believe.
Any help much appreciated. Her son Andrew Heatlie (my x5 grandfather) also mentioned in his will in 1865 that he owned houses in selkirk if thats any use to you.
Thanks in advance