I know nothing of the Clinkscales history, but do know something about societal positions during this time period.
A "yeoman" was a person whose family had been in service to a family of another, often for centuries. A yeoman was a free man, and was often in charge of others who were still indentured to the landowner. He was more like what what we would now call a "foreman" or a "chief groundskeeper" or sometimes he was in charge of of all workers on a large estate. The first yeomen appeared in the early Middle Ages, especially in England, when certain peasants (serfs) were given their freedom and put in charge of others on the estate, because of services they may have performed for their master (fighting, for example). In this case, Adam may have worked for Mary's father on an estate, or for someone else on a nearby estate.
The problem with Adam and Mary was that, if her family were indeed of the nobility, or were the owners of an estate, they would have been horrified that she would marry "beneath her station in life". By doing so, she brought shame on the family itself and showed that her father could not impose his will upon her. In the early 18th century, this was more than enough reason to disown her, which seems to be what happened here.
You may want to check out some info sources from the UK:
MAJOR INFORMATION SOURCE: Cyndi's list of genealogy links - http://www.Cyndislist.comhttp://www.Cyndislist.com - Award winning site contains more than 20,500 worldwide links.
BURKES GENERAL ARMORY, for England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Comprising a REGISTRY of Armorial Bearings from the earliest to the present time - Burke's Landed Gentry, 1875 Edition - Burke's Peerage, 1949 Edition - Burke's Dormant & Extinct Peerage - Fairbairn's Crests.
Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies - 79-82 Northgate, Canterbury, Kent, UKCT1 1BA
- http://www.scotlandsclans.com/http://www.scotlandsclans.com/ - Scottish clans and families homepages - over 150 Scottish surnames - Trace your Scots ancestors beginners guide - Genealogy Scotland messageboard -
Scots Origins - http://www.origins.net/GRO/http://www.origins.net/GRO/ - uses Old Parish Records which are indexed, and for which you can sort and select in interesting ways. It charges for the service, but it can be worth it. You might go there and read the instructions and see if you want to pursue. For example, from “Scots Origins” you could identify two brothers by selecting a range of years for births with the same surname, then look for other births with the same parents.
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