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Durham / Professional Footballer at Sunderland AFC
« on: Tuesday 07 September 21 17:25 BST (UK)  »
Hi all,

I wonder if anyone has any knowledge about the early days of Sunderland AFC?

My great-great uncle signed for the club back in 1891 and played at Roker Park for several years. I've been doing some research on him and wonder if a professional footballer in the 1890s would be, like today, totally professional (i.e. football and training being his sole occupation) or whether these young men would have ordinary everyday jobs over and above.
My ancestor Hugh Wilson, is recorded as a boarder on the 1891 Census at Zetland Street, Sunderland. According to Familysearch transcription he is a Lace Weaver Proprietor Football Player - although I think Proprietor has probably been mistranscribed and should be Professional. Hugh was indeed a Lace Weaver back home in Scotland and cannot have been very long in Sunderland when the Census was taken.

Thanks for reading,

Looby :)

The Common Room / Fulton History website still active?
« on: Tuesday 17 August 21 23:22 BST (UK)  »
Hi all,

I have in the past been able to view old US newspapers on
It was an excellent resource - but tonight I am not able to access the site.
Is this site still active? Or has the site closed?

Thanks in advance for any info or comments.

Looby :)

Ayrshire / Buckreddan Hospital, Kilwinning
« on: Saturday 24 July 21 00:05 BST (UK)  »
I'm wondering if someone can help....

While helping another Rootschatter on the Ayrshire forum , I discovered Kilwinning had a maternity hosptial called Buckreddan.
Can anyone tell me if this hospital was ever used as a TB hospital?
My late mother's mother ( my maternal grandmother) died from TB in 1942 - she had been ill for some time before she died. My mum,who was only 6 at the time of her mother's death,  always said her mother had been hospitalised at Buckreddan in Kilwinning.
She had memories of being taken on the bus by other relatives to see her mum - because she was a child she was not allowed into the hospital but recalled being held up at a window to wave into a small woman lying on a bed  :'(

Looby :)

The Common Room / Lewis's Department Store, Argyle Street, Glasgow - info requested.
« on: Thursday 08 October 20 09:05 BST (UK)  »
Hi everyone,

I'm looking, please, for info and/or memories of Lewis's department store which was situated on Argyle Street in Glasgow ( not to be confused with John Lewis).
I'm writing a short article for my writing group on the store and any info would be very much appreciated. The article is unlikely to be published ( I'm a hobby writer)
My own memories include :
a basement record dept which I think had listening booths?
a wonderful Food Hall - remember buying broken biscuits and warm doughnuts.
creaky lifts.
an in-store hairdressers?
beautiful Christmas display windows.

Thanks for reading,

Looby  ;)

The Common Room / What was Congestive Apoplexy?
« on: Thursday 27 August 20 08:55 BST (UK)  »
Good morning,

I have a Scottish death certificate from 1866 - the cause of death is Congestive Apoplexy due to alcohol poisoning.
Can anyone fill me in, please,  on what Congestive Apoplexy was ?

Looby  :)

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Cause of Death - Scottish RCE 1877
« on: Monday 24 August 20 22:31 BST (UK)  »

I'm looking for a little help deciphering the cause of death on this snippet from the Scottish Register of Corrected Entries in 1877.
The death record for the deceased has no cause of death recorded - the column is completely empty.

Thanks for taking a look,

Looby :)

Scotland / City of Glasgow Police Force circa 1890
« on: Thursday 14 November 19 23:48 GMT (UK)  »

For a project I'm undertaking I've been trying to find out what ranks City Of Glasgow police officers would hold in the late Victorian period circa 1890.
I'm wondering if the ranks of Detective Inspector/Sergeant existed. I've tried researching online but haven't turned much up  ::) 
Any help or advice on where to look would be appreciated , please.


Looby :)

London and Middlesex / Looking for Jessie Helen Muller/Miller
« on: Wednesday 21 August 19 21:45 BST (UK)  »

I'm trying to find out what happened to my great-great grandmother's younger sister Jessie Helen Dorman who married Hermann Muller/ Miller.
Jessie Helen was born in Leswalt, Wigtownshire, Scotland on 26th Aug 1863. She married Hermann Miller in Glasgow on 9th December 1884.
Thanks to Rootschatters, I know that the couple lived for a time in Leith (Edinburgh) where Hermann had a hairdressers business.

However it appears by the 1891 Census the couple had re-located to London.
Registration district - Paddington

Hermann Muller  Head   age 30  Hairdresser      born Frankfort Germany  (Frankfurt)
Jessie Muller       Wife    age 25                         born Edinborough, Scotland ( Edinburgh)
I know the ages are a bit out and Jessie's place of birth is wrong but I'm sure this is Jessie Helen Dorman and her husband.
Then in Jan 1892 Hermann Muller appears to sail in New York - he is travelling alone.

So what happened to Jessie Muller (m.s.Dorman) ? Did she die? Find another man? Or did she follow Hermann to America?
I can't find any trace of Jessie after 1891 Census.
Please note, to avoid duplication,  I already have details of Jessie's early life and her parents and siblings.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks for reading.

Looby :)

Background info -   - Scotland thread -  USA thread

The Common Room / WDYTYA - Jack & Michael Whitehall 5/8/19
« on: Tuesday 06 August 19 23:11 BST (UK)  »
Can't see a thread started yet for the Whitehalls episode.
So what did RC viewers think ?

I have to say , I didn't really enjoy this episode. Although the two main stories uncovered - great grandparents dying of syphilis and the Welsh solicitor/ Chartists - were interesting and moving, I think the Whitehalls' "humour" and reactions made me uncomfortable. I felt for one or two of the researchers/experts , who looked a bit uncomfortable too.
But it's always great to see the paper trail of documents and newspaper articles - a lot of hard work goes in to these shows.

Looby :)

PS. I have seen Jack Whitehall on TV but never seen his father before.

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