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Smallpox references in Roxburghshire, from my one-place study and personal family history

Reading a recent blog post by Emma Maxwell of Scottish Indexes re finding smallpox references in unusual places reminded me of some references to smallpox I’ve seen in my genealogical research. Firstly from my Melrose one-place study the Melrose parish … Continue reading

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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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Remembering great-granddad’s WW1 service, 100 years after he enlisted

This week has seen many events commemorating the 100th anniversary of Britain joining World War One. My great-granddad John Dodds served during the war, as did my husband’s great-granddad Edwin Dawe. I thought I’d blog about John’s army service 100 … Continue reading

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Various receipts in run-up to 1905 wedding

Along with various other documents I inherited a set of receipts from around the time of my great-grandparents’ marriage in Melrose in 1905. These were in the run-up to the big day, variously made out to John Dodds and his … Continue reading

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A curler in the family tree

With the Winter Olympics on again, and Britain’s all-Scottish curling teams doing so well, I was reminded that there’s a curler in the family tree. John Usher (1809-1896) was my 5xg-uncle, via the Dodds side of the family. Originally from … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Bible presented to Catherine Dodds in 1919

In my maternal side of the family, through the Dodds side, there is a long tradition of ancestors being beadles or church officers for Melrose parish. The earliest was Alexander Dodds (1816-1877), the first of the family to settle in … 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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Revised chronology for ancestor moving from Hawick to Melrose

I had a vague memory of finding in the past that my great-great grandfather Thomas Cavers Hall lived in the Cavers/Kirkton area between leaving Hawick and settling at Melrose, possibly at Upper Tofts. But I now think that must have … Continue reading

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Crabbie’s Green Ginger Wine and the ancestress who invented it – apparently

From a young age I’ve enjoyed ginger wine. I wasn’t allowed alcohol generally, but this was an exception. I was allowed a small glass, though of course I always wanted more! It was always Crabbie’s Green Ginger Wine, never another … Continue reading

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