An intriguing cause of death was found this week by one of our researchers on a Scottish burial record of 1845. In the “cause of death” column, the word “gravel” was given. Other people on the same page died of things such as “paralysis” and “consumption”, but what on earth was “gravel”?
In fact, further research suggested that “gravel” was a word for the modern equivalent of kidney stones. A good example of how family history can always throw up new terms to investigate!