Jack Thomson remembers
At the end of
was the author of many controversial articles arousing heated debates on local
issues and local people.
was a shorthand writer and was regularly to be seen using his skills at such
during the sermons in the Kirk.
very well read person he was a notable collector of local memorabilia and had
acquired a wonderful collection. When the house was cleared after his death
there were many, many items of great interest, some of which did go to the local
Museum in Kirkcudbright. Sadly I saw many others which were destroyed or
discarded. There were lots of rifles and other types of arms some of which had
undoubtedly belonged to the Old Galloway Militia or Volunteers.
was a watch and clockmaker and repairer and his “Rounds” took him as far
afield as the Ayrshire border near Dalmellington looking after and repairing his
client’s clocks and watches. He would stay overnight at the homes of farmers,
shepherds, farm workers and whoever else. Therefore he had many tales to tell of
his various encounters with all these people he had come to know over the years.
He always carried a “Gladstone Bag” in which he kept the tools of his trade.
his early days he had been a member of the Malta Militia for whatever reasons I
know not but recall receiving a commendation for an essay on his life. My
Grandfather and he were very great friends and he was a frequent visitor to our
house particularly to play cards. As far as I know he was unmarried.