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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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"BINNEY, BINNIE, BINNING, BINNY. From the old barony of the name in the parish of Uphall, West Lothian, where a family of the name were formerly numerous. The place name Binning in the parish of Whitekirk received its name from the older place in Uphall. William de Binin, prior of Newbattle, was promoted to Crail, 1243 (Chron. Mail). John Binning or de Bynning was infeoffed in some lands in Edinburgh which had been forfeited by John Slingisbie in the reign of David n (RMS., i, App. n, 1568). Friar John Benyng was governor of the lands and possessions of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem at Torphichen, 1388 (Bain, rv, 378). Symon de Bynninge or de Benyn, bailie of Aberdeen, 1396-98 (REA., n, p. 294; CRA., p. 374). It is probably his seal, attached to a document of 1399, which reads S' Simonis de Beny (Macdonald, 164). He is probably the Symon Benyn selected to be one of the company to accompany the provost of Aberdeen to the battle of Harlaw, 1411 (Fraser, p. 20). Alexander Benyn, bailie of Aberdeen, 1408-10, also accompanied the provost to Harlaw (CWA., p. 315; REA., n, p. 275). John de Benyne was a canon regular of Cambuskenneth Abbey, 1403 (Cambus., 167). William de Boning or de Benyne is recorded as possessing a tenement in Edinburgh, 1414-26 (REG., 324; Egidii, p. 46). John of Bynnyng, brother of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, is recorded in 1414 and in 1426 (Bain, rv, 854; Egidii, p. 47). Richard Benyne appears as burgess of Perth, 1458 and 1463 (RAA., i, 120; Laing, 151), and Thomas Benyng in Aberdeen, 1468 (REA., i, p. 300). Nicol Bynnyn, cordiner in Edinburgh, 1510 (EBR., 127), and John Bynne was painter there, 1572 (Laing, 877). Alexander Bynne held a croft in Aberdeen c. 1550 (REA., n, p. 226), and Sir Robert Bynne was "cheplane and singar in the quier" there, 1555 (CRA., p. 289). Johannes de Benyne was vicar of Strathardil in reign of James n (Scon, p. 89). John Binnie was heir to Elizabeth Binny, 1574 (Retours, Linlithgow, 9), and James Binnie in Brigend, parish of Morrowingside ( (Muiravonside), 1636, and eight more of the name are recorded in the neighborhood (Stirling). John Binie was prisoner in Tolbooth of Edinburgh, 1681 (BOEC., vm, p. 112), and John Binnie of Byrs was heir in lands of Drumcross, etc., 1698 (Retours, Linlithgow, 280). The name was common in Edinburgh in seventeenth century (Edinb. Marr.). Benieing and Bineing 1686, Benin 1712, Bennie 1614, Benning 1531, Buny 1481, Bynnie 1579, Bynny 1582, Bynnyn 1517, Bynnyne 1533, Bynnyng 1556, Bynnynge 1563; Bining, Binni, Byning, Bynning. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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