Re: Numbers on 1895 UK passenger list #unitedkingdom #general

Gail H. Marcus

Here is an explanation I received though private correspondence:
I can’t decipher the actual symbol that precedes the numbers, but I think the numbers themselves are actually the contract ticket numbers, which are not entered in the column headed “no of contract ticket”. I don’t know why they have been entered in the “age” column, other than perhaps the practical reason that the “contract ticket” column wasn’t wide enough. The clerk clearly didn’t adhere to the form with regard to other nationalities of passenger, notably in the Irish column, which has been used to record destinations.
This was provided to me by Prof. Marjory Harper of the University of Aberdeen who maintains a website on Scottish emigration:

I have her permission to post this response and her name.

Gail Marcus

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