Retiral of a tourism coachman

This concerns George Cavers (1831-1900) of the John Cavers and Elizabeth Hislop line. He died six months later, of chronic bronchitis. The tourism routes he operated on are in Dumfriesshire and Selkirkshire.

Edinburgh Evening News, 1900 April 11
George Cavers, the well-known four-in-hand “whip,” who for nearly half-a-century has driven tourists on the Moffat and St Mary’s Loch routes, has laid down the reins in this capacity, and retired from the road.

Annie Cavers appointed physical and hygiene instructress

Another Southern Reporter report, this time concerning, I think, a granddaughter of George Cavers and Annie Richardson of the John Cavers and Elizabeth Hislop line:

Southern Reporter, 1921 September 1

Miss Annie Cavers, daughter of ex-Councillor Walter Cavers, Temperance Hotel, Moffat, has been appointed physical and hygiene instructress at Biggar, under the Lanarkshire Education Authority at the salary of £200 per annum.

If I’ve found the right family, Annie, aged 9 months, appears in the 1901 census for Moffat in Dumfriesshire (where her Cavers grandparents had settled), along with her parents Walter (a tailor) and Euphemia, and older sister Jane. Also living in the house was Walter’s niece Minnie Cavers, born in Brechin: presumably the girl whose birth was registered there as Williamina Murray Cavers in 1887, and married as Wilhelmina Murray Cavers at Moffat in 1909. Minnie was almost certainly the daughter of Walter’s older brother John Cavers, and appears with her parents and siblings at Brechin in the 1891 census.

A Cavers involved in a rumpus at an 1897 football match

There’s a new website, Welsh Newspapers Online, which provides free access to digitised copies of lots of historic Welsh newspapers. Although Cavers people don’t generally appear in Wales the Welsh newspapers sometimes re-reported something from elsewhere that did mention a Cavers. And searching the site just now I found this gem, reported in various Welsh newspapers, clearly originally from a Scottish paper, most probably one in Dumfriesshire:

Evening Express, 15 April 1897


Three football players in the Moffat Club, named James Cavers, James Easton, and John Borroman, were at Dumfries on Wednesday fined £2 each, with the alternative of fourteen days’ imprisonment, for having threatened and seized hold of William Hay, the referee in a cup-tie at Moffat. One of the defendants attempted to pull Hay’s nose. For having mobbed and thrown eggs at the referee at the close of the match James Bell, George Harkness, Thomas Grant, John McKie, and William Davidson were fined £1 each or seven days’ imprisonment.

James Cavers can be confidently identified as the 1871-born son of George Cavers and Ann Richardson. He appears in the 1891 and 1901 census returns at Moffat, living with his parents. His occupation was saddler. For more on his ancestral line see here.