Jane (Janet) Alder

Jane's father had lost the family fortune, so she was fortunate when a rising Scottish advocate, no less than David Hume's nephew, married her in 1785 when she was 19 and took her away from what must have been very straitened circumstances in Berwick to enjoy a townhouse in George Street and country estate in the Scottish Borders.

Prendwick, tiny hamlet about 10m E of Alnwick, or 10m S of Wooler, just under the hills.
Thomas Alder of Prendwick
47 George Street
The Alders had owned Prendwick since 1428. In 1587 Robert Alder of Prendwick was raided by a strong band of Armstrongs of Liddesdale who carried away 600 cows, 600 sheep, 40l of goods and 35 prisoners. but in 1759 the weight of accumulated mortgages forced its sale. After the sale of his Prendwick property, Thomas Alder seems to have resided in Berwick, where he died in 1765. (4)
Chapel connection
1816 (baptism)
1785 aged 19
David Hume
Joseph d.1819, Elizabeth, Agnes, Catherine.
Connected to
In 1826 the Miss Humes were on Charlotte Charpentier's 'visiting list' along with John Cay's wife, Elizabeth Liddle and Anne Alves. (5, vol.10 p.40)


  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (National Archives of Scotland CH12/3).
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1818.
  3. Gazetteer of the British Isles (Edinburgh: Bartholomew and son, 1966).
  4. J.C. Hodgson, 'An attempt to elucidate the descents of the family of Alder of Prendwick', in Archaologia Aeliana 3rd series vol 5 1909 p.16-39 (Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne).
  5. Letters of Sir Walter Scott ed. H.J.C. Grierson (London, Constable and Co. 1933).

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