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Yetholm Scotland

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Information on the village of Yetholm, near Kelso in Scotland.

Andrew Thomson

Andrew, having been convicted of theft at Jedburgh, and sentenced to fourteen years transportation, arrived in Sydney in 1792, on the 'Pitt'. He was pardoned in 1797, and within two years was well on his way to success. First he built a granary, then he bought ships for coastal and overseas trading; he developed a salt works and built a bridge over the Hawkesbury River. Within ten years he had become the biggest grower of grain in the whole district, and was soon viewed as being the right-hand man of the then Governor of New South Wales - William Bligh of 'Bounty' fame. When he died in 1810 he was considered to be the wealthiest man in the area. Not bad for a convicted thief from Yetholm.

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