Bible presented to Catherine Dodds in 1919

In my maternal side of the family, through the Dodds side, there is a long tradition of ancestors being beadles or church officers for Melrose parish. The earliest was Alexander Dodds (1816-1877), the first of the family to settle in Melrose. He was succeeded by his son Alexander Burnett Dodds (1836-1895). After that I think his eldest son Alexander Dodds (1866-1935) was beadle for a while – we have a photo with lots of Doddses in it which seems to show an older man of this generation holding the abbey keys. And then his younger brother John Dodds (1877-1945) was beadle for many years, and later John’s son Thomas Cavers Hall Dodds (1910-1981), my granddad.

But when John Dodds was away at war in World War One, having enlisted with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, his eldest sister Catherine Mary Helen Dodds (1868-1929) acted as beadle. We know this because after her brother returned she was given a bible as thanks for her work. Quoting from the inscription in there:

Presented

to

Miss Catherine M.H. Dodds

by

the Children attending Melrose Parish Church Sunday School
in grateful & affectionate appreciation of the many kind services she rendered to them when acting as Substitute Church Officer during the period of the Great War, 1914-19.

The bible was passed down through the family and we inherited it after granddad died.

Here are some pictures of it, firstly the outside:

Bible presented to Catherine Dodds in 1919and then the inscription inside:

Inscription in bible presented to Catherine Dodds in 1919and the title page:

Title page of bible presented to Catherine Dodds in 1919and the interior:

Interior of bible presented to Catherine Dodds in 1919

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About vivdunstan

Academic historian, genealogist, former computer scientist, and Doctor Who fan.
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One Response to Bible presented to Catherine Dodds in 1919

  1. vivdunstan says:

    Reblogged this on Melrose One-Place Study Blog and commented:

    Here is a blog post about my family’s long-standing tradition of being church officers (beadles) for Melrose parish, and the bible that was presented to my great-granddad’s sister after she acted as church officer while he was away fighting in World War One.

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