Reblogging this because it’s also about a Cavers man losing a dog. Actually two probable cousins (one with Cavers as a middle name) losing dogs at same time.
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 Cavers Hall (1850-1917) who farmed at Gattonside Mains. It’s possible Thomas had only moved to Gattonside shortly before this, but I need to research that more.
I only found this advert because it appeared immediately below an advert for a lost dog that belonged to a Cavers man:
LOST, Collie Bitch; black, white and tan; answers to the name of “Jed.” Apply, Walter Cavers, Kersknowe, Selkirk
Frustratingly I’m not quite sure who this Walter was. He appears in the 1891 Bowden census, farmer of Kersknowe, aged 69 born Hawick. He’s still there in 1901, aged 79, recorded as born Cavers. Going back to 1861 he looks like the 39-year old…
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