Tag Archives: dodds

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

Posted in newspapers | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in newspapers | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in newspapers | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in newspapers | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in newspapers, obituaries | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A Scottish Breakfast in the Dardanelles, July 1915

I recently discovered the blog run by The Heritage Hub, the Scottish Borders archive and local history centre based in Hawick. Their most recent post is an intriguing cryptography puzzle from Traquair House’s archive collections, with a letter from the … Continue reading

Posted in war records | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Started digitising family photographs

Last night I started scanning the family photographs. I have a system now where I can sit on the sofa, with my laptop, and place the USB scanner beside me, and digitise a few photos at a time. I’m scanning … Continue reading

Posted in Photographs | Tagged , , | Leave a comment