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Monday, January 31, 2005
 

Near Edrom is Dalerne House. Just to its left as you look at it is the ancient Dalerne Castle overlooking the Whiteadder Water. Who used to set forth from there. Yes, the Blackadders.
huttonian
 
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Well, this is all very interesting stuff - I grew up in Edrom and I must say there is not a lot about it on the Internet, so thank you! However please note the name of place you call Dalerne is actually Blanerne - I don't remember it being a castle, just Blanerne House (at the time a boarding school run by a Mr. Blades)
 
Thanks forthe corresction! Blanerne it is.
 
That's Blanerne OK. South exposure. To the left was Crows Wood, to the upper right was a large walled kitchen garden, the white patch on lower right was game keepers cottage. The driveway had a bridge haunted by an American woman. A.U. Case (Tony to his friends and Casey to his students) was its first and only Headmaster. Casey was Winchester, Cambridge, Sword of Honor Sandhurst, Adjt 8th Hussars, MC (WW2), District Commissioner British Cameroons, injured in Africa and turned to teaching for which he had a natural vocation. The owner of the property was a farmer (Major....) He rented/ leased to Casey. Their was only a dozen students at Blanerne at any time and it was more a tutoring establishment than prep school. Casey's students went onto Gordonstoun, Loretto, Eaton, Rugby and etc.
 
Trying to do some research for my 8 year old grandson on old Minto Graveyard, now hear that there was a girls school nearbye with links to Blanerene Bopys prep school. Can anyone help?
 
Duns library have the books of monumental inscriptions for the Borders compiled by the Berwickshire Family History Society. Just Google the Society web site. they have a forum area where you can leave messages without being a member. There is also the rleveant county message board on Rootsweb.
What research are you doing?
 
mlh: I hope A Peasant has given you a decent lead!
 
I will make a small correction to the number of students
that attended Blanerne House School. When I attended
in the mid fifties there were many more than a dozen
students. There were close to four dozen.
Casey was a wonderful teacher who relished the use
of of hair brushes on the behind as punishment.
A wonderful school with many memories.
David Rowe
 
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