REL­A­TIVE IS­SUES

Can you help solve the mys­tery of woman known as ’Kate’

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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

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