Re: James Arnott born 1796 Scotland
Have you considered this 1851 census:
WLN Curabey, p'sh 668, ed 1R, p11:- James ARNOT 60, Head, labourer, b.ELN Barr; Margaret 61, wife, b.LKS Shotts; David 14, son, farm servant, b.WLN Linlithgow; Margaret 1, dau, b.WLN Linlithgow. The age diff for Jas & wife right, child Mgt probably should be gdau, assuming error for wife's name & she is b. right place, this is the only David in 1851 fitting your David Smart A.
So this leads to James b. ELN and the only one in ELN around 1796 is s/o Hepburn A & Jean PURVESS b. Athelstane which is near Berwick where his younger sister Agnes is b.1798 so maybe Barr should have been Berw? Hepburn is b.ELN Prestonpans 1776 s/o James A & Janet COW who marry 2 yrs previously. You will need to doublecheck registers to verify.
Gillian, researching ARNOT and variants anywhere, anytime.