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My first sight of Wilton Old Church in Hawick

For much of my childhood I lived in the Wilton side of Hawick, near where my ancestors had lived for generations. I didn’t realise, though, that on my way to and from Wilton Primary School I was crossing the site … Continue reading

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Vanishing gravestone inscriptions

I’ve just been looking through the Borders Family History Society‘s gravestone listings for Melrose Weirhill cemetery. I know my Dodds great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents were buried there. I recorded the inscriptions years ago. But looking through the published list, although my … Continue reading

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Searching for cross-Border roots, and discovering a family wiped out by tuberculosis

My great-grandfather Michael Kerr’s origins were a bit of a mystery to me for a long time. Because he was born in England, but married in Scotland, I didn’t have a reliable birth place for him, and Scottish census returns … Continue reading

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