“Fawn velour hat”

William Slater from Bradford, was aged 21 years when this mug-shot was taken. He was clearly a smooth operator – as the following Police Gazette appeal for information on his … Continue reading “Fawn velour hat”

I had me good eye on ya the whole time!

I have been able to find diddly-squat about ‘John Moir’. I would suggest we follow the example of Alexander Mccall Smith and make-up a story for ‘eye-patch John’! I wonder … Continue reading I had me good eye on ya the whole time!

“A public nuisance”

It is my view that Helen Nicholson was not a “rogue” but a victim. I have not been able to find out when she died or what happened to her … Continue reading “A public nuisance”

“A respectable looking man”

Duncan Paton looks most respectable in this mugshot. So much so that I felt compelled to try and find out more about him and the life that he had lived. … Continue reading “A respectable looking man”

Girgenti: footnotes and forget-me-nots

Introducing Girgenti At Girgenti you can still hear two girls sing. Girgenti followed Paestum From Thimble Row to Discoveries:

Discoveries at Girgenti

This is my final film on Girgenti:

From Thimble Row to Girgenti

Isabella Thomson Masters was born at 11am on the 15th August 1860 at 19 Hospital Street, Perth.  Her young mother worked in a factory and could not read or write. … Continue reading From Thimble Row to Girgenti

Girgenti followed Paestum

It might have been the other way around: Paestum may have followed Girgenti. Nabokov once said that he “did not believe in time”. What follows is Girgenti [in the form … Continue reading Girgenti followed Paestum


Girgenti followed Paestum in a blue sky summer that was not little. Beneath this sky two girls sang. It was a beautiful summer.

Thesis 1389

Thesis 1389, and that of Dr Iain Smith give an account of Girgenti following the death of Captain John Cheape: