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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Ancestors recording meteorological observations in 19th century

Thanks to the British Newspaper Archive digitising many decades of Southern Reporter issues, I’ve just found lots of references to ancestors in the Borders. And they include some very unexpected ones, like those described in this blog post, where two … Continue reading

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Obituary of Thomas Cavers Hall (1850-1917)

Here’s another obituary of an ancestor, this time another great-great grandfather. Southern Reporter, October 4 1917 DEATH OF A WELL-KNOWN FARMER.- We regret to learn of the death, following an accident, of Mr Thomas C Hall, for over 20 years … Continue reading

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Slave owning in the family tree

Some years ago I discovered that a 6xg-uncle lived in Jamaica. Thomas Usher (1774-1834) was one of a large family from Melrose, Roxburghshire. As a younger son he had to make his own way, and I’d known that he settled … Continue reading

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