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Episode 3

55 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 23 January 2011

New family histories and genealogy advice presented by Bill Whiteford. This week's special edition of Digging Up Your Roots was recorded at Dundee Central Library during the Angus and Dundee Roots Festival 2010.

  • this week's programme

    In this special programme the audience posed questions to our panel of experts: genealogist Dr Bruce Durie from the University of Strathclyde, former Chairman of the Tay Valley Family History Society, John Irvine, and Senior Archivist at Angus Council Archives, Fiona Scharlau.

  • dundee's jute industry

    dundee's jute industry

    Listener Liz Portman from Newcastleton contacted us wanting to know more about her Great Aunt Ruth Lambourne.

    Ruth’s father died in 1882 after falling off his milk float while delivering in Piccadilly, leaving a widow and five children. Ruth’s mother had ended up in the workhouse in Hanover Square where she stayed until she died in 1909. Ruth next appears in documentation in the 1901 Census living and working in Dundee as a "Jute Ruler" - many miles from her home in London.

    Liz wanted to find out more about what life would have been like for Ruth. What would have taken her to Dundee? And, what is a jute ruler?

    Bill took a trip to Dundee where he met Gill Poulter, Director of the Heritage and Exhibition Centre Verdant Works, to find the answers to Liz’s questions.

    Picture shows Bill with Gill Poulter.

  • Bill at Dundee's Verdant Works

    Bill at Dundee's Verdant Works

    Lily Thomson shows Bill the jute-making process.

  • bell rock lighthouse

    bell rock lighthouse

    This is the Year of the Light – a celebration of the bicentenary of the Bell Rock Lighthouse. Standing 11 miles offshore from Arbroath, on a clear day this fantastic feat of engineering can be seen from the town.

    It is a hugely significant structure for the family of David Taylor from Edinburgh. His ancestor Captain David Taylor was a locally based sea captain who commanded the ‘Sir Joseph Banks’ tender during the construction of the lighthouse.

    Bill met up with David to hear his story.

    Picture shows David Taylor in Arbroath.

  • Bill with the panel

    Bill with the panel

    Picture shows: Bill Whiteford, Dr Bruce Durie, Fiona Scharlau and John Irvine.

    Copyright: Andy Thompson Photography for tayroots.com


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