NameMark LAIDMAN of Lowfield, 10905, K1574
Birthca 1691
Baptism24 Oct 1693, Bowes, YKS
Bapt Memoson of Rodger Laidman of Bowes
Death2 Oct 1765, Bowes, YKS
Death Memoaged 74
Burial4 Oct 1765, Bowes, YKS
Burial MemoRegistered as “Loadman”
FatherRodger LAIDMAN , 10907, J1473 (bp. 1662-1729)
MotherMargrett , 10909 (-1729)
Misc. Notes
Durham Record Office, Ref. D/HH/3/4/118-119
Copy extracts taken from the Bowes parish registers for the baptisms and burial of Thomas and Mark Laidman, 1765, 29 May 1821. (2 papers)

Bowes churchyard MI - Grave No. 62 Chest Tomb (inscription facing upwards):
Here lies the body of
Margaret Laidman who
Died November 13th 1745
Aged 20
Thomas Laidman Died
June the 20th 1758
Aged 74
Mark Laidman Died
Oct: 2 1765 aged 74
Tamar Ye Wife of Mark
Laidman died Dec Ye
17th 1792 Aged 97
Ann Daughter of Thomas
Laidman died Dec
27th 1794 Aged 19
Spouses
1Tamar RAILTON , 10906
Birthca 1695
Baptism11 Sep 1698, Bowes, YKS
Death17 Dec 1792, Bowes, YKS
Death Memoaged 97
Burial16 Dec 1792, Bowes, YKS
FatherJohn RAILTON , 15171 (-1713)
MotherElizabeth APLEBY , 15174 (-1742)
Misc. Notes
From: BALLADS AND SONGS, By David Mallet: A New Edition, With Notes and Illustrations and a Memoir of the Author by Frederick Dinsdale, Esq. LL.D. F.S.A. London: Bell and Daldy, 186 Fleet Street. Deighton, Bell, and Co., Cambridge. 1857.

[Page 179]

NOTE III.

RAILTON FAMILY.

The earliest traces of the Railton family which I have met with exist in the parish registers of Bowes. Several of these registers precede the mournful record of the burial of Martha Railton. There is nothing, however, to show the relationship between William Raylton, who died in 1689, and John Railton, the father of Martha, who died in 1713. It is probable , however, that John was a son of William.

The parents of Martha kept the George Inn in Bowes, of which her brother John was the landlord before and after the death of her widowed mother in 1741.

There is no ground for supposing that the parents of Martha, or any of their children, except John, belonged to the Society of Friends at any period of their lives.

Tamar Laidman, the younger sister of Martha Railton, was a regular attendant at church as long as her advanced age would permit her.

It will be seen below, that in 1726 there was a marriage at Bowes between John Laidman and Elizabeth Railton, who had in the previous year been illegally married. This Elizabeth Railton was probably the sister of Martha and Tamar.

Of Martha Railton, the interesting heroine of the ballad of Edwin and Emma, but little is now known. Tamar, her younger sister, used to say that she well remembered all the melancholy circumstances of her sister’s death; and, speaking of her personal appearance, she was wont to say, “Martha was the bonniest lass of any of us;” adding, that her own granddaughter, Martha Laidman, who was of fair complexion, much resembled her unfortunate sister. Tamar Laidman was often visited by strangers passing through Bowes, on account, it may naturally be supposed, of her close relationship to Martha Railton, and was frequently required to tell the story of her sister’s untimely death, receiving many a half-crown as a recompense. She was well known to some now living, and more particularly to the Misses Taylor, now of Richmond, who also knew her granddaughter Martha, and who remember that Tamar occasionally went to Cockfield to visit a female relative, who was a Quaker; in all probability her niece Sarah, who married George Dixon.

Tamar is described as having been hale and healthy till within a year or two previous to her death, when by a fall she broke her thigh-bone. She used to say that she hardly knew her own age; and it appears that she was not so old as stated in the register. The baptism of Martha the heroine is not extant. The register, however, records the baptism and burial of an elder sister, Martha. Our heroine Martha was therefore probably born shortly after May 1695.

John Railton, brother of Martha and Tamar, at an early age married a Quaker, and became himself a member of the same persuasion. Frequent mention is made of him by the author of JOHN BUNCLE, ESQ.,
who designates him Jack Railton the Quaker. [This was Thomas Amory, ca 1691-1788, who wrote the Life of John Buncle, Esq., published in 1756]

He appears to have become the landlord of the George Inn when very young, and afterwards to have resided in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He returned to Bowes, and continued there till between 1755 and 1760. His property became gradually impaired, and was eventually sold in 1757. He is supposed to have ruined himself by improving the road over Stanemore, having spent a great deal of money for that purpose, in the hope if increasing the custom of his house. The result, however, disappointed him; as, formerly, travellers whose horses were exhausted by the bad state of the roads were glad to stop at the George, the first inn after crossing Stanemore; but when the road was improved, they preferred going on to Greta-bridge.
[The George Inn was later renamed ‘The Unicorn’ by which it was known already in 1810. Today it is ‘The Ancient Unicorn’].


Bowes churchyard MI - Grave No. 62 Chest Tomb (inscription facing upwards):
Here lies the body of
Margaret Laidman who
Died November 13th 1745
Aged 20
Thomas Laidman Died
June the 20th 1758
Aged 74
Mark Laidman Died
Oct: 2 1765 aged 74
Tamar Ye Wife of Mark
Laidman died Dec Ye
17th 1792 Aged 97
Ann Daughter of Thomas
Laidman died Dec
27th 1794 Aged 19

Notes taken by Frederick T Dinsdale LL.D mention: Q. was old Tamar Laidman pretty hale for her years A very healthy old woman till a year or so ago when she fell and broke her thigh bone. Tamar may have exaggerated her age, which according to the MI would put her birth ca 1695, but she is registered as being baptised in 1698.

“She said her husband lived in Longstaffe’s house, where the tolls were taken, for many years. Their son Thomas Laidman also lived in same house afterwards.”
Marriage19 Apr 1724, Bowes, YKS
Misc. Notes
“Mark Laidman and Tamer Railton of Bowes”
ChildrenMargrett , 10911, L1621 (ca1725-1745)
 Thomas , 10733, L1990 (bp. 1729-1795)
 Mark , 10912, L1622 (bp. 1733-)
 John , 12363, L1657 (bp. 1736-1787)
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