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Report of an ancestor’s estate garden in 1877 Cumbria

A while ago I found that my gg-grandfather Andrew Kerr had been visited and interviewed about the estate garden he kept at Netherby, just across the border in Cumbria. This was just a few months before he died of tuberculosis, … 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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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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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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Ancestor elected to school board at Wilton (Hawick)

Just found this in the old newspapers: Southern Reporter, 1894 April 26 SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS WILTON (HAWICK) – Six candidates for five seats. The poll took place on Thursday with the following result:- Job Harkness, stockingmaker, Wilton Dean, 143; *Thomas … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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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