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We are nearly complete with transcribing the lunacy case notes for my ancestor. I could not have done it without everyone's help and it has been interesting learning a few things along the way.

I have two extracts remaining on page 1 of 3. I thought that in this case I could include both in the same question.

At the top of the notes if makes reference to a Union.

Extract 1

Clearly it is Salisbury but there appears to be another letter at the end. At first thought I considered it was simply C for Salisbury City. But I really don't know. I am not even sure in what context Union is being used here.

In fact, seeing the image again here when editing the question, I don't think it is C because I can see Carter just below. They are not the same. I am now thinking that it is just a squiggle and the union is simply Salisbury. I am happy to cut this part of the question out if I am correct.


The final query for deciphering on page 1 has to do with a first name:

Extract 2

??? Maria. She is very restless, excited and noisy continually shouting and imploring me to spare her life. ...

I am confident that the surname is Maria (although come to think of it, Maria doesn't sound like a surname!).

Help appreciated in completing page 1.


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The "Union" in this case will bee the Poor Law Union under which the asylum was being run.

The boundaries of the Salisbury Poor Law Union (PLU) can be seen in this 1909 map of Wiltshire.


In the second extract, the passage is:

Recent mania. She is very restless, excited and noisy continually shouting and imploring me to spare her life.

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  • Thank you for the clarification of "Union". So I was barking up the wrong tree thinking it was a name for the second extract! Oops. Much appreciated. – Andrew Truckle Aug 17 '19 at 14:28

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