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A collection of photos to link to from the family tree.

1160 is of my mum.

1162 is a photo of a Thoms ancestor (my dad's mum's line). 1164 shows the back.
It's origins are explained in 1165 and 1163 which show a letter to Griselda (my
dad's mum) from Walter Praetorius, who is also descended from the Thomses and
now lives in Germany. 1168, 1169 and 1170 show another part of the same
correspondence, and 1167 is the family tree enclosed which explains how the
correspondants are related. The letter is fascinating: a personal view of
events you normally only see in history books. 1172 and 1173 show yet another
letter. 1174 is a key to the photograph of the Praetorius family shown in 1166.

1175 and 1176 show an informal obitury of a Turnbull ancestor (my dad's dad's
line) which gives some idea of what business was like in those days. 1177 shows
how you might invest your wealth in 1869. 1178 and 1179 show the first and last
page of a proposal to build a railway, all hand-written and signed by Patrick
Turnbull. 1180 is of a pound note. It comes with a little certificate that it
is genuine (not shown).

The date of the newspaper article shown in 1182 is 4th March 1890. It concerns
the opening of the Forth Bridge, and it is wonderful stuff. It's not quite
readable in 1183 and 1184 but the pictures are amazing. Every one of them was
laboriously hand-engraved. Must have taken months. 1185 is a further zoom that
*is* readable. You just get a bit of each column but it gives some idea of the
style and particularly of the engineering detail which was considered
appropriate for a daily newspaper. I also rather like the comparison of the
size of the bridge to some of the "great buildings of the world", and the
little figure with two Eiffel towers joined up to form one span of the bridge.

1186 is the cover page of a family tree that George Turnbull made for my
grandfather Phipps Turnbull. The next few photos (1187, 1188, 1189, 1190, 1191,
1192) show the remaining pages. The oldest date I can find in George's
handwriting is 1927. Phipps kept adding to it over the years until 1962, it
appears. I think he then copied it out onto a new sheet, because it was getting
rather crowded. You can see the modern version elsewhere on this website.

1193 and 1994 are of a four page diary of a walking holiday in the lake
district in 1855. Well worth a read with a map handy. None of the place names
have changed, and it is absolutely amazing how far they walked each day and how
much they relied on walking as transport. "Crooks" is the name of their farm in
SE Scotland, BTW, which still exists.