Down Memory Lane

Back Street, Dalkeith. Photo courtesy Midlothian Council Local Studies
Back Street, Dalkeith. Photo courtesy Midlothian Council Local Studies

The month of November threw up a few more animal stories in 1901.

At a Midlothian County Council election meeting, we are told that there had been an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, which had started in January and had broken out at regular intervals throughout the year. They were glad to report that it had finally been stamped out.

On November 21, the smell of roast pork wafted over Dalkeith when a piggery, situated in the Back Street next to the railway line, caught fire and 28 of the 70 pigs kept there burned to death. By the time the fire engine arrived, things were so far gone that they didn’t even bother turning on the water. In the same week, there was a fire in Mr Watson, the butcher’s stables, in Newmills Road. Luckily, all the horses survived.

In Rosewell, the death of 86-year-old Margaret Tolmie was reported. Why, you ask, was this of interest? Margaret had been born on the field of Waterloo the day after the battle. Her mother was the daughter of a corporal in the Royal Scots Greys who had taken part in the battle. No mention was made of who her father was.

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