I've looked at the Somerset County, MD, records and found a James Bramble, but know nothing about him, except that he was a waterman. I need to go to the courthouse and see what is there. The following is the only other message that I've received. My placque is also copper or brass. I couldn't find anything about Duke of Gumby. I have a feeling that it was a mass produced item to fend off hunters and people coming onto private land.
Author: David Owens Date: 3 Sep 2004 6:20 PM GMT
Surnames: Bramble. Duke of Gumby
In Reply to: J.R. Bramble
My friend Edd Norman, has dug up a small brass plate, when using his metal detector,- In the North East of England. ( UK )
Made for JR Bramble,-
Take Notice that as from todays date poachers shall be shot on first sight and if practicable questioned afterwards.
By Order of JR Bramble, head gamekeeper to his grace The Duke Of Gumby. 1st November 1868.
Anyone with any info, please email me at HarkForrard@aol.com