Monday, May 25, 2015

Hatches, Matches and Dispatches and Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting is this Sunday, 31 May, at 2.30pm in the Corn Exchange in Melrose, (Map) however, as is usual, we'll have a talk too.   

This Sunday's talk is by Marjorie Gavin. 
She's held a number of roles in the Society over the years, including Chairman and Magazine Editor. 
She has contributed to lots of publications and has extracted notices of births, marriages and deaths, both home and abroad, from several local papers over the years, often adding bits of extra information like details of other family members or biographical notes, and these appeared in lots of our magazines from about 1997 onwards.   

Her talk is titled ‘Hatches, Matches and Dispatches’ and perhaps to counteract the formality of the Annual General Meeting, she says it’s a light-hearted and somewhat irreverent look at births, marriages and deaths from 1700 to 1900. I’m sure you'll find this a very interesting talk. 

Doors open at 2pm; the AGM begins at 2.30pm and the talk after the AGM, perhaps about 2.45pm. 

We'll have a range of family history publications available to buy, and there’ll be light refreshments (donation expected) available after the talk. 

If you have a problem with your family history, please discuss it (no charge) with one of our volunteers. 

This is the last talk before the summer; the subsequent talk (the first one of the 2015/2016 syllabus) will be on 27th September.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Berwick’s First Mayor’s Parade on Sunday 24 May

On Sunday 24 May, Berwick is holding its first Mayor’s Parade with horse-drawn vehicles, vintage vehicles, historically-themed floats and characters representing themes from Berwick’s history and the town’s guild and trades through the ages, Deans of Guilds in their ceremonial robes from Aberdeen, Arbroath, Ayr, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Brechin, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Lanark, Perth and Stirling.

It starts in Castlegate at 11.45am at the War Memorial, goes down Castlegate, into Marygate, up Church Street, to the Parade ground. More information.

Some of the historical characters including George Manuel a crab fisherman; John Crombie; Dr Philip MacLagan and his son, Dr Charles MacLagan are played by actors in this Maltings Youth Theatre video.

The picture shows George Manuel; his wife, Margaret; and John Crombie.

A Hume family in South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay

The British Library's Endangered Archives Blog  has an article about a new online collection.

This Hume family arrived in Argentina in the late 19th century and founded the engineering firm ‘Hume Brothers’ in 1880; their main work building roads, quarries, bridges, railways, stations, factories not just in Argentina but in Brazil, Chile and Uruguay, too.

Disappointingly, the blog doesn't mention the founders names, dates of birth or birthplace.

Some Humes are mentioned in the folders, including Albert Stewart Hume, 1873- c1965, Mariana Hume, 1928-, Diana Hume, 1930-, Anne Elizabeth Hume, 1925-.

66 Squadron's sad account of Sidney Stewart Hume,  born in Buenos Aires on 1 September 1885, mentions that his father was Alexander Hume, who was a partner in Hume Brothers.

See the Index to the Hume Family Collection.