Monday, November 15, 2010

On the Road Again

I've been neglecting the blog for a few days but have been very busy discussing and sharing family information with various members of my husband's family.

Around eight years ago we connected via Genes Reunited with a branch of the Gowans family from Scotland. We have visited our new cousin in England on a number of occasions and he has finallly made the trip down under. We have been dragging this poor chap all over the countryside to meet cousins and see the sights. We are now en route to Melbourne for a very exciting meeting before we pass him on to his friends.

I have previously blogged about my husband's ancestor, James Gowans, who was a clock and watchmaker in East Linton, Galashiels and Hawick. A serendipitous result of a Google search for "Gowans clock" a few months ago was the discovery that there was a Gowans longcase clock in The Scienceworks Museum in Victoria. So today I am accompanying two rather excited gentlemen on a journey to meet the clock made by their direct ancestor around 170 years ago.

Hopefully I will be back in the bumpy backseat this afternoon blogging about the meeting.

4 comments:

John said...

We are the foplk who have been "minding" the cousin from England since the blogger and husband returned to Sydney. We are also "Gowans" people, albeit not direvtly related to the blogger. We met "the English cousin" in London on 1999 and have exchanged visits since.
Over the weekend, we toured "THe Great Ocean Road" and successfully found Kangaroos and Koalas as we went
Great to see hiom again after a few years.

Geniaus said...

One never knows who reads one's blog. Pleased to connect with you virtually, John.
I hope you provided some sunny Melbourne weather for the traveller after his wintry Sydney sojourn.

Alan Sharkey said...

It is amazing what one can find on the internet. I am researching the Angus family. Andrew Angus was a watchmaker who seems to have worked for James Gowans. He lived in East Linton and later Prestonkirk. He may well have made the clock referred to on this blog!

Alan

Jill Ball said...

Alan,

I only just found your comment. I would love to correspond further with you.

Regards, Jill

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