Robert Muir .. felon at large

James Ford married Elizabeth Muir in Waikouaiti (later became Otago) New Zealand in 1864.  Elizabeth’s father, Robert Muir was a contractor working in the area and was present at the marriage.  It appears that James was working for Robert in road construction in the surrounding district at the time.

Robert Muir was declared ‘fraudulently insolvent’ and a police warrant was issued for his arrest.  Further details can be found on the James Ford New Zealand page.

I have been trying to find the actual reference to the felony and have just received the following image of the Otago Police Gazette dated May 1, 1866 from the researcher at the Hocken Collections at the University of Otago.  I have included the full page along with an enlarged image of the relevant reference to Robert Muir.

The reference gives a good description of Robert Muir and a reference to a brother in law name Ford.


Beyond the Wallaby Track

The next episode in Scottish Mists and Wallaby Tracks takes us back to Millport in Scotland.

James and his young family are ‘on the Wallaby’ making for the goldfields.  It’s early morning and while waiting for his family to stir James ponders over the past.

James’ father died before he knew much about him, and there was something of a conspiracy of silence surrounding his father which, on his birthday, and with some trepidation, James decides to address.

Opps ..

To those who received a recent email with something like ‘250’ in the blue bar .. please ignore and delete post,

I was trying something out earlier this morning which did not work so I deleted the post.

Sorry for the inconvenience.