Monthly Archives: May 2013

Crabbie’s Green Ginger Wine and the ancestress who invented it – apparently

From a young age I’ve enjoyed ginger wine. I wasn’t allowed alcohol generally, but this was an exception. I was allowed a small glass, though of course I always wanted more! It was always Crabbie’s Green Ginger Wine, never another … Continue reading

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Photo of an ancestor with a cat, late 19th century

Or rather one of my husband’s ancestors. Probably. I was recently contacted by a gentleman who lives in the house in Brockdish, Norfolk where my husband’s ancestors lived for 50 years. We have a number of old photos of the … Continue reading

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Great-granny and in-laws getting first aid certificates in 1911

Another Southern Reporter newspaper report that I found, searching for Dodds and Abbey Gate, revealed that my ancestors were handy in a first aid situation! Unfortunately the report is very dark and smudged at the start, but it looks like … Continue reading

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An ancestor drowned in a West Yorkshire canal

I knew from family stories that a Yorkshire ancestor had drowned in a canal. A few years ago we traced more details in local newspapers, which I’ll reproduce below in full: Ossett Observer, 1903 May 30 A Canal Workman Drowned … Continue reading

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Unearthing a stone relic near Melrose in 1864

Southern Reporter, 1864 February 4 MELROSE. A RELIC On Monday afternoon, while Mr Alex. Dodds, Abbey Gate, was superintending the draining operations which are now going on upon the fair-ground at Bowden Moor, he discovered a piece of carved sandstone … Continue reading

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An ancestor losing a collie dog in 1896

I stumbled across this newspaper advert the other day: Southern Reporter, 1896 November 19 LOST, Black and White Collie Dog; string on neck. Communicate with Hall, Gattonside Mains, Melrose. This would have almost certainly belonged to my great-great grandfather Thomas … Continue reading

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Ancestor buried with full military honours at Melrose in 1895

Another report discovered in the Southern Reporter. This time concerning the funeral of my gg-grandfather Alexander Burnett Dodds (1836-1895). I knew he was Colour-Sergeant for the local volunteer detachment, and have his medals, but had no idea that his funeral … Continue reading

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