Correct Spelling for ‘Cumbrae’

I had an email directing my attention to the spelling of ‘Cumbrae’ on the Chasing Samuel Ford page; A Statistical Account of the Isle of Cimbrae.  

The general consensus is that the correct spelling is ‘Cumbrae’, but there are many references to other spellings.  Below I have provided a further reference illustrating some of the spellings back in 1797.

Just to clarify, in relation to the particular spelling ‘Cimbrae,’ it should be noted that the reference indicates a particular title of an article, highlighted by italic text,  which can only be identified by the printed title as appearing on the work itself.  This is a technical area that is surrounded by copyright laws and offences concerning plagiarism.  However, if a spelling mistake appears in a quoted text from a referenced article the error can be corrected when contained within square brackets [sp.] indicating that the one is aware of the mistake.  A good example appears in the textual quote itself.

Where is Samuel Ford hiding?

It is frustrating, to say the least, that there appears no record of Samuel Ford’s parent or where he may have been born.  But is that the end of the matter?  Surely Not.  What can we glean from the record that might assist in tracking down the Illusive Samuel Ford?

I added some thoughts on the matter.  For my latest additions see Chasing Samuel Ford.


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.