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Letters and Journals written by Two Women from the C19 Devon Buller family - 2. 'Balls, the Boys, & Barricane Beach'; Barbara Kirkpatrick Buller's Devon Diaries.

  First page of Barbara Buller's Devon diary circa 1820 Reproduced by kind permission of  Devon  Archives & Local Studies, DHC   5870M/F/1-5870M/F/2 .       The Devon Heritage Centre  holds a file of a diary kept by  Barbara Isabella Buller, nee Kirkpatrick,  its provenance attributed to South Molton (fl 1820). It’s listed on Discovery. When I first noticed the file something prompted me to take a second look. A diary kept two hundred years ago by a woman whose name was unfamiliar sounded intriguing.   I assumed Barbara to be a woman from the Devon locality, but (although aware of Buller family links with Kingsnympton) , was puzzled by the apparent   connection of someone from the family with South Molton . I began to google the diarist’s   name, not really expecting to find much information about her. I was surprised to find that Barbara came from one of the topmost privileged and colorful   families of her time, the Kirkpatricks, many of whose menfolk had prestigious caree