McCreadies Gold

Set in Glasgow; Tynemouth and Australia - it tells of a merchant seaman who is estranged from his wife and two sons after their divorce in 1908. His wife Edna moves to Glasgow where she brings up her two children in the Gorbals a notorious slum. Her son Allan is killed during the war but Robert fails a medical and works as a shipyard welder. he meets Patricia and they get married. They have two sons Robert Jr and James. they go to live in the newly built Red Road Tower Block. Robert receives a phone call telling him that his father has died and that he must go to London where the will is to be read. He is left a key to a safe deposit box and the deeds to a house in Tynemouth. what he reads in the letter will take him and his two sons halfway across the world on an adventure. McCreadies Gold is definitely one to read.

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“We will have to be careful in case someone knows about my father’s gold; they may be watching the house as we speak.”

“Come on Da; don’t you think that you are being a bit paranoid.”

“Who knows said James it would depend on who my grand father knew or tried to avoid. “We know nothing of my grandfather’s movements or where the gold maybe located. “It would be very hard to keep a secret like that if someone came in with a gold nugget of the size you just left with a jeweller.” People have been killed or robbed of their wealth in America in 1849 who’s to say that this was the case with your father Da’.

“We will have to be careful when we go out is all I’m saying.

“Well the people who knew my father may be dead but they may have told someone else like their sons or grand kids and they may be searching for it too.

“The good thing is they do not know me or you so we have a head start on who ever is looking for it.

“let’s get over to the castle now before it closes and se if we can locate this tin that has a clue to where the gold may be hidden.

 

They crossed the road to Priory Castle once inside they began to take photos of everything and anything that would give them clues to the whereabouts’ of the tin they wee looking for. After two hours of looking they were no further forward. They searched the old grave yard but came up with nothing.

They went to a chemist afterwards and paid for the 24 hour developing service so that they could scan the photos. Robert got 10 x 8 size photos so they could hopefully come across a tin that would lead them to the clue they were looking for.

It was nearly six o’clock when they returned to the house in Percy Street.

“All we can do now is wait until the film is processed.”

 They all washed and changed whilst Pat gave Scamp a bath in the stone sink next to the kitchen window. They had called into a shop on the way home and bought some bread, butter milk, ham, some peas pudding, coffee, tea and dog food.

Once scamp was washed he looked like a completely different dog. His brown coat shined the two patches of white around his chest and tail stood out in the darkened room until Pat switched on the light. After feeding the dog,

Scamp found an old laundry basket and proceeded to jump in and out of it Pat then got the tartan rug from the boot of the car and placed it inside the basket; Scamp settled himself on the blanket and was asleep in no time.

Robert decided that they should all go out for a meal then get an early night for the funeral the next day.

Walking across the road they found a small café where they served hot food.

They settled for mince and tatties which was served with neaps. They drank two pots of tea before returning to the house.

The boys chose a bedroom each leaving the master bedroom for their mother and father to sleep in.

 

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