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If I were you I'd have a look here http://www.readsnursery.co.uk/plums-trees-and-gages/. They are very helpful if you email them a query.
Most plums (and other tree fruit too) that are described as self fertile will perform even better if planted near a pollinator of the appropriate group, so you could choose something that will do the job. However, it may be that your Majorie's Seedling did so well last year that it outperformed is strength and this year needed to put on some root growth (even plants have to prioritise) or it could just be the appalling weather we had this year.
Personally I love bullaces - they grew in the cottagers' gardens in the Suffolk village where I grew up and were used for jam, pies and superb bullace wine. Damsons and bullaces can be grown in hedgerows; bullaces in particular stay quite managable in size.
As for damsons, if you don't like the taste of Merryweather (and it's not my favourite either) why not consider Damson Blue Violet? http://www.readsnursery.co.uk/damson-tree-blue-violet/
Bullaces are on their own roots I should think as they are really a wild cousin of domesticated damsons and plums. They wouldn't need a pollinator. IMO I wouldn't bother with a bullace if I could grow a better damson/plum, though they would be fine somewhere like a field or hedgerow. I regard their fruit as food for free.
That's fine if there's some accessible near you - if not and you want to recapture tastes from your youth .... plant a bullace
Love the idea of a bullace. We only know of one wild one near where we live in Kent - and we picked and froze lots of its fruit a couple of years ago. We only got it out this year to make jam with and it is delicious. We were thrilled to bits. Not sure what sort of bullace it is - it's kind of yellowy greeny with a rosy blush, rather than purple. A bullace would go well in our woodland garden with the other hedgerow plants I'm putting in - but would I need two?
Many thanks both for the answers and i will look at the Reads Nursery website and check out the Damson Blue Violet too
They are very variable, so you cannot guarantee you will get a well flavoured one until it is well grown. They are essentially wild. And their flesh to stone ratio is not very good.
Perhaps you should go for a named one.