A Dodds ancestress advertising her new dressmaking business

I have an ongoing subscription to the British Newspaper Archive website. I’ve run a lot of searches there, but also rerun them at times, in case of new issues included, or improved OCR recognition. I tried a search tonight for dodds AND “abbey gate” and found more references to my maternal ancestors in Melrose, including the one below:

Southern Reporter, 17 March 1898



Respectfully announces to the Inhabitants of MELROSE and District that she has commenced Business on her own account as DRESSMAKER, &c.

Having gained experience in Leading Establishments, she confidently solicits a share of public patronage.


I suspect that this was my distant ggg-aunt Elizabeth Wilson Dodds (1839-1902), only sibling of my gg-grandfather Alexander Burnett Dodds. Checking the 1901 census shows her as a dressmaker, but so were some of her nieces, Alexander’s daughters. Perhaps the new dressmaking business was doing well, and she roped in younger relatives to help.

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Academic historian, genealogist, former computer scientist, and Doctor Who fan.
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