Three Christians & A Reverend
Christian Wilson & David Greig had four children, three boys and a girl. Again only one marriage and again it was daughter Christian Anne. She was born in 1864 and married the Reverend Alexander Still on 5 February 1891 at West Coates Parish Church, Edinburgh. She was widowed a year later when her husband the Rev Alexander died at Torrens Island in May 1892. She didn't re-marry & died childless at 38 Coates Gardens, Edinburgh in August 1951. A point of note is that the Rev Alexander's given residence at the time of his death was India. One of his wife's brothers Lt Col Edward David Wilson Greig was a surgeon in Indian Army Medical Service.
From evidence presented I would be seriously thinking twice before engaging a doctor with the surname of Greig!
So endeth the line of Christian Wilson, daughter of Christian Trotter & George Smith. However, the will of her youngest daughter Joanna Wilson in 1917 bequeaths oil paintings, portraits of the Wilson sisters and in particular a full length portrait of one of the twins Georgina, to members of the Greig family. She also made a bequest to her cousin George Aynsley-Smith of £300. The paintings will be out there somewhere, the problem will be tracing them! It may well be the case that they have passed to other members of the Greig family.
The monument above is a researchers dream, the earliest reference in 1675. If anyone is interested in a transcript and explanation of the relationships of the people it is dedicated to, please contact me and I will gladly pass on all information I have.
Cake & Manure
John Trotter and Sarah Smith died childless. From the records it would appear that John had met with an accident at some time, as he is described on his death certificate in 1869 as a 'paraplegic for many years'. The farm was being run by his nephew, another George Trotter! Following John's death Sarah Smith returned to her family in Norham, in Northumberland where she died in March 1888 aged 94.
By 1910 Peter Thomson was the managing director of Tod, Thomson & Co. He died unmarried, in Edinburgh on the 13th January 1910. He left an estate worth in excess of £32,000, made up of property and shares with investments in England and gold mines in the Transvaal.
In his will Peter requested to be interred in the Mausoleum at Binny, and made provision for it's future up-keep. It would appear that his wishes were carried out as it is now referred to as the 'Thomson of Binny Mausoleum'
The estate has since had some illustrious owners including Basil Gerritsen Ivory & Meyer Oppenheim. Binny House is now a 'Sue Ryder' nursing home.
The couple saw the potential for play as an educational medium, and set about designing toys for younger children to encourage problem solving. Initially the Abbatts saw this as a way of raising the capital required to set up their school, but the success of their first exhibition in the summer of 1932 set them on a different path.
In September of the same year 'Paul and Marjorie Abbatt Ltd' was registered as a company "to carry on the business of designers, manufacturers and retailers of toys, furniture and educational materials etc-" This mail order business was so successful that by 1933 they had substantially expanded their enterprise and acquired a factory, offices and stock room in Tottenham Court Road. In 1937 they opened their first shop at 94 Wimpole Street, London.
Shortly after the launch of the famous Abbatt climbing frame in 1969, Paul fell ill and died in 1971. Marjorie continued to run the businesses, until 1973 when it was sold to the Educational Supply Association. She was interviewed by the BBC in 1973 and her profile was featured in the Times Educational Supplement. Such was the regard for the couple and their achievements an exhibition in was held in their honour a the Victoria & Albert Museum, London in 1989. Marjorie died at her home in Oxford on 10th November 1991.
The Need For Speed, "Nessie" and The Crusader
In 1935 he set the lap record at Brooklands at an average speed of 143.44 mph.
His first land speed record came in 1938 at the Bonneville salt flats in Utah. Driving a 'Railton Special' he achieved a speed of 350.2 mph, his second record came in 1939 when achieved a speed 367.91 mph. This was to remain unbroken until he himself raised the record for a third time to a speed of 394.19 mph. This record would remain intact until 1964 when it was raised to 403.10 mph by Donald Campbell in the iconic 'Bluebird'.
His land speed record intact, in 1952 John had his eye on another prize. He set about regaining the water speed record for Britain. A speed of 178.49 had been achieved that July by American Stanley Sayers.
Whatever the cause may have been, I think this article clearly demonstrates the discoveries that can be made whilst doing your own research by just going sideways a little.