“Unusual Occurrence” – Robert Rae 1919-1977

On the evening of Thursday 13 November 1930 Robert Rae, my 11 year old first cousin (3 times removed), was playing with some friends in a local contractor's yard. What happened next was quite horrific as this newspaper report shows. Reading the report, the story doesn't quite ring true. An eleven year old boy worried … Continue reading “Unusual Occurrence” – Robert Rae 1919-1977

Stories From the Poorhouse (Part 5) – The Keenan Orphans

In the 19th century for the poor life could change in an instant. Families who were managing fairly well to keep a roof over their heads and food in their bellies could, in an instant, find themselves at the mercy of the parish. An illness, injury or other change of circumstances could leave a family … Continue reading Stories From the Poorhouse (Part 5) – The Keenan Orphans

Clayton Rennie Calderhead 1874-1882 & David Dalziel 1874-1875

Clayton Rennie Calderhead was the eldest son of my great great grandparents, James Calderhead and Margaret Dalziel. His mother was just 17 years old when he was born. In fact, she and her mother were both pregnant at the same time. Mary Allen Lockie and her husband, David Dalziel already had nine children when in … Continue reading Clayton Rennie Calderhead 1874-1882 & David Dalziel 1874-1875