'And finally, not everyone’s being doing topical. In fact, here’s the rather lovely 6 Oxgangs Avenue devoted to the history of the development of the area, this week highlighting how the block of flats came into being. Could have been prompted by Who do you think you are? Or just a timely reminder that not everything worth blogging about is in the here and now.'

Kate Higgins, Scottish Roundup 26/08/2012

Thursday, 22 November 2012

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Liz/Ruth-Absolutely fascinating about your Uncle Donald. It's quite amazing some of the stories that come through when we spark off one another! It would be interesting to see him-I'm sure copies of his work still exist. I wonder what happened to him in later years? Do you have cousins at all from that side of the family?
Thursday, November 22, 2012
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Elizabeth said...

Hi Peter, the only cousins were from my father's youngest brother, Alistair - David & Susan Blades. I believe David emigrated to the US but Susan is still in Edinburgh. Esther was in touch with her for a while.
As for Donald, sadly no marriage, no children. In his later years he tinkered with machines, mending things. He was a decorated WW2 RAF veteran. Douglas has photos and other memorabalia, kept up with Donald until his death and was executor of his estate.

Unknown said...

Donald went on to repair clocks and one of his repairs was in the mappin and Webb shop in Edinburgh for a while. I think Alistair was also an alcoholic and also ended up as a down and out in Edinburgh. It is amazing to think tat people who started with an excellent background and lots of opportunity dd not make more of themselves.