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Ellie This is our amazing granddaughter Ellie.

Ellie was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Spina Bifida is where the spine and spinal cord don't develop properly in the womb, causing a gap in the spine. This can cause a number of difficulties including weakness or paralysis of the legs. Many babies with Spina Bifida also develop Hydrocephalus which, as in Ellie's case, sometimes needs an operation to insert a tube that drains excess fluid from the brain.

Children like Ellie are supported by the Shine Charity who provide specialist advice and support for the children and their families. Shine relies on donations to do this essential work and, this year, Ellie's uncle Dave will be running in the London Marathon to raise money for Shine. Obviously, we realise that requesting complete strangers to donate money to the charity is a bit of an ask but, now that you've read this far, perhaps you would consider taking a little bit more of your time to make a small donation to this very worthy cause at Dave's JustGiving Page? Thank you!

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"ABBOT. Alexander Abbot is in record as a witness in Glasgow c. 1290 (REG., p. 200). In the year 1306 Sir John Abbot, dean of Fife and Fothyrrife, was ordered by the bishop to sequestrate the fruits of the provostry of Aberdeen (Bain, n, 1822). Alexander Abbot witnessed an instrument of sasine in Leith in 1548 (Soltre, p. 113), and another Alexander Abbot signed the Band of Dumfries in 1570 (RFC., xrv, p. 66). It is probable that in some instances this name is a shortened translation of MACNAB, which in Gaelic means "son of the abbot" (Mac an aba). Bardsley says that in England Abbot and Abbott are from Abb, diminutive of Abraham with additional diminutive suffix -ot, and that "it is all but certain that the majority of our Abbotts, although bearing a conventual title, are thus descended. As a diminutive of " Abraham the name is found in Ireland at least as early as beginning of fourteenth century (Woulfe), but I have found no instance of such use in Scotland. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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