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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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“Bun-Bun” the rabbit is dead – tale of a much loved family pet (1938)

When the British Newspaper Archive was launched I tried searches for various family surnames. And I ran into problems with the search, because it wasn’t precise enough. For example searching for the surname Bunning – a surname in Martin’s family … Continue reading

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Obituary of Alexander Burnett Dodds (1836-1895)

Probably in the late 1980s I visited, with my Dad, the Southern Reporter newspaper head office in Selkirk, and pulled out a number of obituaries for relatives from their bound volumes of old newspapers. Here’s the first one, for my … Continue reading

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Relative breaking car side screen in 1937 Fife

Oh dear! I was searching the British Newspaper Archive again last night. Had a great time, including finding more goings-on at Cupar Mills in Cupar where we lived in the late 1990s. Anyway I then tried a search for “cavers … Continue reading

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