Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.
Valet to Capt. Boyd:
Henry, with the help of the Count, gained a position as valet to "the Honourable Captain Boyd", with whom he stayed for some years.
Given his later service to James Hay (formerly Boyd), 15th Earl of Erroll, this could be James Hay himself when he was known as Boyd before 1758, or it could be (perhaps most likely) his brother Capt. William Boyd, or (less likely) his brother Capt. Charles Boyd when he returned from exile around 1766.
Henry stayed with Capt. Boyd "till the Captain went to the E. Indies, his master pressing him, and making him handsome offers to go with him ... my father repented afterwards in not going to India with so generous a master."
He then travelled on the Continent with several families, as a courier and interpreter.
Valet to Earl of Erroll, and his widow, c.1768 to 1780:
Henry in c.1768 became valet to James Hay (formerly Boyd), 15th Earl of Erroll, "with whom he stayed for upwards of 10 years till the Earl's death" (Earl died 1778).
Henry settled in Scotland.
He would have worked at Slains Castle, Aberdeenshire.
Henry met his future wife Mary Hopper 1770. She was working as maid to Isabella Carr, wife of 15th Earl.
Dr. Samuel Johnson and James Boswell were guests at Slains Castle in 1773. Wonder if Noltie met them.
The Earl of Erroll died in 1778. Henry "remained with the Countess of Erroll, as her butler, till he married my mother" [Noltie family memoir].
He clearly set up in business shortly before marrying in 1780. At marriage he is listed as "merchant", living in Old Greyfriars parish, Edinburgh.
Grocer in Edinburgh:
They lived Edinburgh.
Henry Noltie is not listed in [Edinburgh directory, 1784-85].
Henry Noltie is listed in [Edinburgh directory, 1786-88] as "grocer" at Rose St in the New Town, Edinburgh (see map).
They moved to Frederick St, Edinburgh.
He ran a business as a tea and spirit merchant at this location for several years.
Mary ran a fancy millinery and dress-making business.
Henry Noltie is listed as grocer at Frederick St, Edinburgh, in [Edinburgh directory, 1788-90].
It "offended the Countess [of Erroll] so much that they both should leave her that it was some years before she would speak to them". But she got over it, and eventually "was particularly kind to them, and recommended them to the principal nobility and gentry in Edinburgh". They were also on good terms with the Countess' children.
Henry Noltie is listed as grocer at Frederick St, Edinburgh, in [Edinburgh directory, 1790-92].
Valet to Farquharson of Haughton, c.1790:
Henry was persuaded perhaps c.1790 to go abroad with Francis Farquharson of Haughton (born est c.1770, died 1808) as his valet and interpreter.
[Noltie family memoir] says Henry spent several years travelling on the Continent with Francis Farquharson.
When they reached Italy, Francis Farquharson became ill with a fever, and his younger brother Alexander Farquharson joined them at Rome (this is NOT the father Alexander Farquharson who died 1788). "and then [young] Mr. Alexander took the fever, and died near Rome in my father's arms, but Mr. Francis recovered, and returned home."
While Henry was gone his business in Edinburgh failed.
He was declared bankrupt. The house on Frederick St was sold.
In c.1792-93 Mary and her only surviving child Henry went to live with her parents in Durham.
Henry Noltie is not listed in [Edinburgh directory, 1793-94].
Henry returned to Scotland
and remained in the service of Francis Farquharson,
and ran his household in Edinburgh until he died in Feb 1808.
In 1800 Henry's son became servant to Francis' brother John Farquharson of Haughton (born 1779, died 1854).
Francis Farquharson is listed at 31 North George St, Edinburgh, in [Edinburgh directory, 1804-05].
After Francis died 1808, Henry also served his brother John Farquharson.
From apparently 1809 until his death 1811, Henry lived at the Farquharson country seat of Haughton, at Alford, Aberdeenshire.
Henry dies, 1811:
He died at Haughton, 11th Sept 1811, age c.71 yrs.
His son on one sheet says Sept 1812, but the context suggests an error for 1811. His son on multiple other sheets says Sept 1811.
Henry was buried in the old Kirkyard of Alford, near Haughton. No gravestone.
It is the spot where his son's Henry's gravestone is. We know this because his son Henry said he wanted to be buried "beside my father in Alford Churchyard, where he is buried in the ground formerly occupied by the old Andersons of Dorsell. I think his is the 3rd grave from the Minister's garden dyke". This is exactly the spot where the Henry Noltie gravestone now is, so this is the spot where the father is buried too.
Mary dies, 1814:
Mary died in London, 21st Nov 1814, age 60 yrs.
Henry and Mary had issue:
Charles, Prince of Lorraine and Bar.
Portrait 1756. See larger.
From Wikipedia. Original at Royal Library of Belgium.
Slains Castle, Aberdeenshire (built 1597, seat of Earl of Erroll).
Detail of Roy Military Survey of Scotland, 1747-55.
Henry Noltie would have visited/worked here in c.1768 to 1780, as valet to the 15th Earl of Erroll and butler to his widow.
Henry Noltie listed as grocer at Rose St, Edinburgh, in [Edinburgh directory, 1786-88].
Later he was at Frederick St, Edinburgh.
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