Friday, August 11, 2017

A R Edwards - Photographic Archive



A picture is worth a thousand words is an often used saying. There’s no doubting the attraction of pictures, particularly historical views of towns and landscapes for family history, so that we can see what our ancestors’ surroundings looked like in their own times.

We’ve received a book for review, the A R Edwards - Photographic Archive, published by Selkirk Regeneration Co.

Andrew Edwards was born on 30 December 1847 at Badminton, Gloucestershire, the son of Mathew Edwards and Agnes Campbell. He worked for Blackwoods, Edinburgh as a compositor before moving on to work as a photographer for the Wilson Photographic Co, Aberdeen. In 1879, he opened his own studio in Selkirk. He died in 1891. His son, Robert (1877-1965) eventually took over his father’s business.

The book is a collection of over 400, largely unpublished, mono landscape photographs of Selkirk, the Selkirk Common Ridings, the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys, the Haining, Bowhill, St Mary’s Loch, Philiphaugh, various towns and villages around the Borders and as far east as Berwick, Coldingham and Eyemouth, some famous Borderers and of the Edwards family.
There are short biographies of Andrew and Robert Edwards and colour photographs of some of the cameras used.
The front cover of this 252 page paperback shows photos of Andrew and Robert Edwards and 3 cameras.

This £10 book is a treasure for everyone in the Borders, especially so, for those living in Selkirk or with a Selkirk connection. Every bed and breakfast and hotel in and around the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland should get a copy for their guests, too.

You can buy it from our premises at 52 Overhaugh St, Galashiels, TD1 1DP, any Tuesday or Thursday or Friday from 10am to 4pm for the published price of £10, or order now by clicking the button below and selecting the appropriate delivery option:



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Free access to UK military records at Ancestry 21st to 24th July

Ancestry UK are offering free access to most UK military records from Friday 21st to Monday 24th July.

Their records include medal rolls index, navy casualties, navy lists, pension records, POWS, rolls of honour, service records, World War I UK army deaths, World War II medals issued to merchant seamen.

As usual, you'll need to register, if you haven't already done so.

Start your UK Military search.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

An Eyemouth Maritime Family Story


The last meeting of our 2016-17 season is on Sunday 28th May at the Corn Exchange, Melrose, 2.30pm when the talk will be preceded by the Society AGM.

Please come along to find out what we have been doing and also about our plans.


Will Collin will present an illustrated talk on "William Collin and the ‘Christina Craig’ -  An Eyemouth Maritime Family Story from the Great War". 

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the loss of the Christina Craig, one of many Eyemouth fishing boats and crews which were signed up by the Admiralty to serve in the World War I Auxiliary patrol. Many photographs remain in the Collin family and are included in the talk.