“Oh, thou demon Drink, thou fell destroyer”

Catharine McPhail, the first wife of fisherman, Duncan McTavish, died before civil registration of Scottish births deaths and marriage commenced in 1855.  The only clue to her ancestry was thirty-year old mariner, James McPhail, enumerated as brother-in-law with the McTavish family in the 1851 census.[1]  But, James' occupation was a fabrication and for years the … Continue reading “Oh, thou demon Drink, thou fell destroyer”