I have always been intensely interested in mysteries, and being an ex-British "copper", am drawn towards those so-called "Cold Cases". I'm sure that many of you have watched the popular British T.V. series depicting a few old "coppers" brought back from retirement to investigte such "Cold Cases". Invariably they tended to revert back to, what might be described as old-fashioned techniques, and although good for a quiet chuckle, also took full advantage of modern equipment, such as computers.
Well, I've had the advantage of both worlds, i.e. the police service and also the world of computers and so I would like some of you to work with me to try and unravel a mystery that goes back almost 200 years.
A story has circulated around the family that one of our ancestors, Janet Reekie, was the grandmother of a William Reekie Horseburgh, the third son of James Horsburgh and Janet Denholm. Janet Denholm's husband, James Horsburgh was belived to have been born illegitimately around the year 1806. Can anybody assist me to uncover details about this illegitimate birth? It is believed by some that James Horsburgh was virtually brought up by his grandmother. The Middle Name - REEKIE, certainly intrigues me. No smoke without fire, eh?
William Reekie Horsburgh married Margaret Mitchell Birrell on 24th June, 1859 in Crail. Being post 1855, it is possible to confirm that fact. Further, I'm well aware that William Reekie Horsburgh died on 5th November, 1900 at 22 Raglan Street, Dundee. Again, it is possible to see those details on his Death Certificate.
Well, while my wife and I battle the 44 degrees heat forecast for tomorrow, here in Melbourne, I'm hoping that someone out there has a bit of information relating to the above for me that I can read whilst downing a nice cool lemonade.