Category Archives: obituaries

1945 obituary of my great-grandfather John Dodds from Melrose

Thanks to the British Newspaper Archive extending its Southern Reporter coverage to 1945 I’ve just been able to pull out the obituary of my great-grandfather John Dodds. It was published in the paper on 22nd February 1945: MELROSE LOSS By … Continue reading

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Sitting on Sir Walter Scott’s knee

Just found this in the online collection of digitised New Zealand newspapers, though it’s referring back to a death of a ggggg-uncle in Scotland, John Usher (1809-1896) who farmed near Kelso: Otago Witness, 1896 April 23 The men who have … 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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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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A piano from Sir Walter Scott

On my mother’s side of the family, through the Dodds line, we reach the Usher family of Toftfield, an estate near Darnick, Melrose, Roxburghshire. The Usher family were close friends and neighbours of Sir Walter Scott at Abbotsford. Here’s the … Continue reading

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