This painting hangs in the home of a relative and Auntie kindly took a snap of it (sorry about the flash!). This is the family of Thomas Alexander (1816 – 1884) and Margaret Borthwick (1819 – 1865) who were my G G G grandparents.
I’m interested in the symbols in the painting as most of the family are holding something – a book, a cane, a flower, a hat. My guess is that the book symbolises learning or education? David is holding is something in his left hand and a cane in his right – is it one of those old “hoop” toys?
The Mum, Margaret Borthwick is the spitting image of my Dad, which I find intriguing and just a little bit strange. Thomas and Margaret’s youngest daughter, Mary Johnstone Alexander (on the right), married Patrick Graham in Perth in 1873. Patrick farmed at Cairnbeddie, St Martins and later at Baldinnies, Dunning and they had two little boys, John and Alexander who was my G grandfather. Sadly, Patrick and Mary both died when their sons were very little and the boys were looked after by David (the young man in the painting) and Margaret (the eldest daughter).
I’ve already posted the story of “Auntie Margaret and the Orphans” and how I discovered their graves by chance on my other blog Ramblings of a Scottish Genealogist if you’d like to read it, but get a hanky :-)