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Uncle Doug Carson was born at Meiklewood, in Scotland, came to Australia, and married Aunty Elsie Arnold. |
His accent fascinated the tribe of nephews and nieces.
The Arnold and Wilson families of Tarnagulla were holding annual reunions at Arnold's Bridge on the Saturday of Daylight Saving weekend. The date was chosen as one easy to remember. I discovered it also commemorated the arrival in Australia of the Arnold family on 31 Oct 1856 on the Startled Fawn |
Aunt Rose, the family historian, helped me write a book for all the cousins to see how they are connected.
Uncle Doug's parents, Jane Douglas 1879 - 1972 and William Millicent Carson 1879 - 1970, were married 6 June 1902 at Lockarbriggs. William Douglas Millicent Carson was born 1905 at Meiklewood, and his birth was registered at Tongland.|
The map shows it was a long journey for the newly weds to make, going from poverty to a ploughman's job on a farm. When the six children had grown up, the family decided to leave Scotland. Doug chose Australia, and the parents and siblings went to Canada.
|On 16 June 1998, we arrived at Dumfries and followed the road to Castle Douglas. The rain poured, the traffic was light, and the shower stopped as we reached a parking place in front of the Tourist Information booth. We discovered that modern Meiklewood is a Bed and Breakfast provider, and easy to find.|
|Meiklewood||Can you see Meiklewood? It is a farm, marked on the Army ordinance survey map? North of Tongland and south of the Chapel.|
Again the road was good, and the rain stopped as we reached the farm entry.
At Lockarbriggs we were told that the nearest church is at Tinwald, down that narrow road going east. This Australian found the Scots accent required concentration.
began 1st Nov, 1998.
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