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The local newspaper started in 1848 and has been partially indexed.  It might be worth a look:

Good luck


Dumfriesshire / Re: Langholm: Names- Wolves, Hounam, Blackmere
« on: Wednesday 01 July 20 22:41 BST (UK)  »
Thank you for that. 

Samuel Wolves was Sheriff Officer before becoming Baron Baillie for the Duke - there's several reports in old Dumfries newspapers.  He's described as "formidable" in one of the Langholm books.

I like to think that maybe he was responsible for sending his (about-to-be) David Hounam relative to Dumfries jail for a week.

An old receipt book of a Langholm merchant showed that Samuel bought whisky!

Dumfriesshire / Re: Langholm: Names- Wolves, Hounam, Blackmere
« on: Wednesday 01 July 20 21:17 BST (UK)  »
Samuel Wolves is my GGG Grandfather. 

His origins and ancestry have been a complete brick wall for me for the past 20 years or so!  You summarise quite succinctly almost all I know about him.

He was buried in Wauchope Cemetery, Langholm, on 10 Jan 1832, but I have yet to find any trace of a grave.


Caithness / Aboard the "Jean" off Wick - 1945
« on: Tuesday 21 April 20 09:54 BST (UK)  »
The attached photo has ’aboard the “Jean” off Wick’ and dated May 1945.

The people are labelled (right to left!) as Cliff Norton, Self, Tom McLaughlan, John Lightfoot, Joe Beck.  “Self” is David Welsh from near Kelso - he was a wireless operator during WW2 and post-war kept his radio interest as radio amateur GM3BFU.

The five look very happy - perhaps this is not long after VE Day?

Any information about the “Jean” would be welcome. 

Thank you


Dumfriesshire / Re: Hounam families, Langholm
« on: Friday 22 November 19 15:07 GMT (UK)  »
Still unearthing the occasional "new" Hounam.

You might find - the local Newspaper index useful


Roxburghshire / Re: Pettigrews around Hawick
« on: Wednesday 05 September 18 04:01 BST (UK)  »
Archibald and Isabella are my GG Grandparents!  Very interesting to see as this provides some actual dates which until now have just been “ca”.

Thank you for posting this.

Roxburghshire / Solved: Tom Toorak ~ hill near Hermitage?
« on: Sunday 03 May 15 18:55 BST (UK)  »
That's it!  And on the way to Riccarton, too.  I'd been looking much closer to the Hermitage - Whitrope road.

Mystery solved. Thank you.

Roxburghshire / SOLVED: Tom Toorak ~ hill near Hermitage?
« on: Sunday 03 May 15 12:53 BST (UK)  »
I've been reading an account of a walk to Riccarton Junction on the Waverley Route. 

In the account, the walker parks his car, "turned north and ambled across the field and on to the slopes of Tom Toorak. With only a little difficulty he reached the summit, cast his eyes westward and looked at the ruins of Hermitage Castle ..."

I've looked at 6 inch and 25 inch maps to no avail.   I can find a reference to "Toorak" in the excellent Hawick Word Book but it doesn't help about location.

I'm guessing that "Tom Toorak" must be a colloquial name for a hill.  Can anyone help?

Many thanks.

Dumfriesshire / Re: John Wylie of Sykefoot, Unthank, Ewes, Dumfriesshire
« on: Wednesday 04 March 15 10:52 GMT (UK)  »
Searching the Langholm Archive Centre's Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser's Index for "Unthank" brings up references to Edward Aitchison and his wife.

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