Monday, May 18, 2009

Wheels! Tushielaw Inn, Scotland. First Edition - Festival of Postcards.

Tushielaw Inn, Ettrick, is 15 miles from Selkirk and 5 miles from St. Mary's Loch and 15 from Hawick. No 236

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault who writes at A Canadian Family has a brand new blog carnival: A Festival of Postcards

I collect postcards, mostly ones showing social history and/or women from British Columbia and the rest of Canada, so I was very happy to hear about her carnival.

In my family photograph collections, I do have a few postcards, but I also look for cards and other ephemera relating to places my family lived or events or people they had connections to, like this one.

The theme for this first Festival of Postcards is - Wheels!

My entry in the Festival is this postcard dated as mailed in 1906 showing the Tushielaw Inn at Tushielaw in Scotland's Ettrick Valley - with a four wheeled buggy and horses out front.

This same building, or at least a good part of it, has been there since the 1830s and is still in operation as an inn today. My gggrandfather, James SCOTT, was the innkeeper there from at least 1841 to 1847. James Scott's first wife, my gggrandmother, was Ann POLLOCK, but apparently she died, and in 1841, James was married again to Judith NIMMO at the Tushielaw Inn.

His son, Walter, from the first marriage, was my ggrandfather and he emigrated to Ontario, Canada in about 1854, and settled in Nottawa. One of Walter's brothers, John, also emigrated to Ontario a bit later. For more about their family, see my SCOTT family: Muiravonside, Dalmeny, Tushielaw, Galashiels, Grangemouth, in Scotland.

A few years ago, on a trip to Scotland, I was able to stay at the Tushielaw Inn for a few days and I do recommend it as a good place to stay for a few days enjoying the countryside and as a place to enjoy a fine meal.

Postmarked: JU 25 06 Selkirk [?]

Addressed to: H. S. Moffat Esq High St Hawick [Scotland]

- Have Drunk your health

Coloured postcard; split back. A.R. Edwards, Photographer, Selkirk. Printed in Germany.


papel1 said...

I love the buggy wheels and the family information about the building. Very interesting.

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Oh, how I'd love to stay at the Tushielaw Inn. You're very lucky to have this bit of history with such a close connection to your ancestors. Enjoyed your submission for the first Festival of Postcards.

Pearl Maple said...

That is a lovely postcard. Finding them with personal messages and a postage stamp is a special treasure. Thanks for sharing.

Sheila said...

Amazing that the same inn is there and operational! I imagine it must have changed quite drastically, though, over the years.

lindalee said...

What a wonderful find for you...a postcard where your ancestors lived and you actually were able to stay there! I have been to Scotland twice and will have to see where this inn is located as we stay in B&B's and inns when we are there. Thank you for sharing!