I have an old letter that contains information that may be of interest to some of you so I will post the contents below. It involves tollbar licensees and I'm hoping list members may be able to explain a couple of things about them, namely what were the tolls for! Also, it appears from the list that one person could hold more than one license but since they could not be in two places at once, I assume that the license holder was not necessarily the person who collected the tolls? Finally, a couple of the place names I could not track down. Can anyone tell me where Burnkinford or Hiltonshill & Bellsbutts were/are? Thanks!
Addressed to: William Hastie Esq Depute Clerk of the Peace Melrose
Jedburgh 28 April 1843
As requested I hand you a list of the Tolebars in your district authorized by the Justices to be licensed.
I am Dear Sir Yours sincerely
WhitlawJoseph Spottiswood DrygrangebridgeJohn Rutherford Hawick East endGeorge Grieve SpittalAlexander Murray CrailingJane Amos DeanbraeThomas Hart MacksideJohn Amos BurnkinfordRobert Learmond SwinnieJohn Amos Melrose bridge & side barJames Fairbairn CarterWilliam Ellison KenmuirGeorge Bennet Bongate & side bar at Bonjedward villageJohn Turnbull Cheque Bar near Ancrum John Kyle Mounteviot Side barAndrew Goodfellow Ancrum Side BarMargt Robertson or Hope Hiltonshill & Bellsbutts side barJohn McIntyre