Hasties & Smiths
The Petitioner is a woman of aggravating manner and that if on any occasion he has been guilty of violence towards her he has been provoked thereto by her violence and insulting and irritating language and conduct.
In search of some possible clues concerning Alexander I have re-read some of the early letters of Sarah Nicholson. In letter three of the 6th March 1910 she writes of him;
Alexander Smith, Galagate was a sailor & fought, I believe in the Battle of the Nile, but I am not sure of which battle. Annie Smith [his granddaughter] has his sword in her hall at Berwick.’
The next twist in the tale concerns David Home himself, who is also mentioned in Sarah Nicholson’s letters.
Thank you for letting me see the old letters from Mr David Hume [sic]. You will be surprised to hear I have a letter from one of his granddaughters – daughter of Helen Hume, which I enclose …
The house was built by John Home my father Anno 1759, and repaired by me Anno 1804, I have at the same time claimed the entailed estate of Marchmont before the Court of Session and have also compelled my elder brother [Alexander] to petition the House of Peers for the titles in spite of the threats and villainous machinations of the now notorious knave Hugh, Earl of Marchmont and Patrick Home of Billie son of Ninian Home, late school master of Fogo, who robbed my father of the old estate of Wedderburn and Billie. David Home of Homefield.
May heaven protect the brave Clan Home and may they flourish with an Earl of Home as their head for a thousand years.
Names of my family, John, Alexander, William, Mary Margaret, Elizabeth Montague and Jessie Home.
*Aaron Young drowned in the river Whiteadder on 31st December 1822.