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Castlespails, Old Monkland, Lanark


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Leamington, Ontario
My 3x Great Grandfather, William Lang, was recorded on the 1881 Census as living on Castle Staples Farm in Old Monkland, Lanark. It took me a while to figure out that Castle Staples Farm was probably Castlespails Farm...but that didn't get me any closer to figuring out what it actually was. He was listed as a farmer of 35 acres, 20 arable. Earlier information, on the 1871 Census, gave his residence as Old Monkland, Gartsherrie, Blackbrae. I did find, somewhere in my research, that Blackbrae was (possibly) a cottage owned by William Lang. Now I'm completely confused.
When William Lang died in 1887, his place of death was recorded as, again, Castlespails Farm.
Are these places one and the same?
Any input or suggestions from forum members would be greatly appreciated.

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