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I have just re-visited Douglas Scott's book after a year or so since I last dipped into it.  A Hawick Word Book is not a book that one reads from cover to cover, - there are over 2000 pages - but once started on an entry, it is hard not to stop reading further.  Nor is it actually a book - yet.

Publlshed online as a pdf, Douglas uses names found in Hawick, a Scottish Borders town, to share with us the history of the region.

The main purpose of this compilation of Hawick words is to provide a handy reference for Hawick residents (and exiles!) to help keep the richness of their language alive. The secondary purpose is to provide an accessible source for looking up information about Hawick and its past. These two functions seemed to become increasingly inseparable as this Word Book was being compiled. So this book serves as both dictionary and encyclopædia.

A Hawick Word Book

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Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on May 16, 2013 at 10:57

I see what you mean , it is hard to put down , once you start .

Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?


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