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Farmer of 100 acres

katiemay

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I am researching Alexander Walker born 1791 Rayne, Aberdeenshire, who is shown on the 1851 Census as being a "farmer of 100 acres" in Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire. He died in 1858, and it appears that his wife, Janet Bisset Walker, took over running the farm. She is shown in 1861, 1871, and 1881, as a "farmer of 55 [54] acres". Admittedly, her son lived and farmed with her...but how common would this be for a woman to hold this position in that time period?
Thanks for any insight anyone can provide on this.
As well, another question. She lived outside of Oldmeldrum - Little Cattie. I've tried to find some info on it, but have been unsuccessful. Has anyone heard of it?
Again, thanks.
KatieMay
 

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