Can you help solve the mystery of woman known as ’Kate’
A South African man is hoping Reformer readers can help track down relatives of his mother’s cousin.
But Robin Scott has nothing more than a few photographs and the first name “Kate” to go on.
Robin’s family set sail for South Africa on September 3, 1897 when his ‘grampa Morrison’ left on the Tantallon Castle.
Attempts to find his origins in Scotland have left Robin flummoxed.
But, he does have several references to a “Kate” who lived in Burnside for a time.
Robin said: “In all the references Kate’s surname is never used, nor even is the year.
“She was born on July 6 in about 1904.
“Kate married William in about 1929. The wedding photo shows the happy couple with friends outside a church ( it may be a private residence) with distinctive stonework. There is no record of the name of the church or the actual date.
“The most intriguing picture is of a one-horse carriage with the coachman leaning on its side. Was this for the wedding? The building in the background is what makes it even more interesting: crow-stepped gables and what could be an enclosed external spiral staircase.”
He reckons the wedding took place at a home on Crosshill Drive, possibly number 11 which was a manse for a period up until the 1950s.
Robin also has a picture of Kate’s baby daughter, Netta, with his mum’s sister, Jess, taken in a Glasgow park back in 1930.
His mum’s other sister, Mary, sent a postcard showing Stonelaw Road in 1948, with a small note on the back saying Kate lived “just off the top of the scene.”
Robin added: “The most recent information, as such, is a picture of Kate in her garden, on her birthday in 1974, wearing a purple dressing gown. The photo was taken by Netta.
“The view in the background shows that Kate’s house is quite high up, with a distant view of a hill and the tops of other buildings beyond her garden wall.
“The house was possibly in High Burnside in Rutherglen.”
Robin’s story has appeared on the Facebook group, Rutherglen, with local man Norrie McNamee asking for information.
If you might have information on who Kate was, you can email Robin at roscoza@ absamail. co.za.
Your carriage awaits This snap is presumably from Kate’s wedding day
Picture perfect This postcard from 1948 depicts Burnside
Family portrait Kate’s daughter, Netta
Happy couple Kate’s wedding day to William
Home comfort Kate at home in 1974