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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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"BUTLER. Originally the servant in charge of the butts or casks of wine, Old French bouteittier, in Latin documents rendered pincerna. Some of the name in later times may derive from hotelier, maker of leather bottles, specimens of which are in Scottish museums. Hugo, pincerna, witnessed charters by Richard, bishop of St Andrews, a. 1173 (RPSA., p. 134-136, 138, 139), and c. 1200-1207 Petrus, pincema, appears as a witness (LAC., p. 81). Warinus, pincema of the bishop of Glasgow, witnessed confirmation of the sale of land of Scrogges to the church of Glasgow, 1208-13 (REG., p. 76). Malcolm, pincema, witnessed a confirmation charter by Alexander n of his father's grant of the right of a fair, etc., to the bishop of Glasgow, c. 1225 (ibid., p. 113). Sir John le Botiler swore fealty in 1291, and in 1296 Johan le Botillier of Cramond, Johan le Botiler of Perthshire, and Sir John called le Botillier all rendered homage. Alisaundre de la Butelerie (= butlery) of Ayrshire also rendered homage in the same year (Bain, n, p. 205). The name in Scotland appears to have been ousted by SPENCE. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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