Tag Archives: Scotland


Sometimes I’d like to write about things but I can’t. I’d like to explain but I must not . Sometimes images have to do. An unremembered burial. Granite so cold and hard it’s actually radioactive. Past unwanted. Past demolished. What a difference a single day can make.   Still so cold.      No answers here. But the family I can’t talk about remains as lost as ever.

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Leetown to Auchterarder

When certain members of the Dyson clan chose to deny their Lancashire heritage of robbery and mayhem, they liked to pretend their antecedents came from Scotland (As you do.) But much as some might prefer a purer lineage of cattle rustlers and street brawlers, adulterers and colourful racing identities, there is some authenticity to the professed Scottish identity of the children of Joseph Dyson (junior). Jessie, his wife, was the daughter of a Vandemonian draper named James Strutt. Unaccompanied and single, Jessie’s mother had arrived…

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