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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Tomorrow we will look more closely at the stones themselves. Robert will know exactly what to look for.

 

The next day they turned up again. The attendant recognised them all and asked why they were here again.

They told him that they were geologists studying the deterioration of stone over periods of years.

Is the castle about to crumble then asked the attendant on the gate?

Well that we will be able tell you that once we have done our research.

I am professor McCreadie from Glasgow University and this is my wife and two sons.

“We are honoured to have you here professor take as much time as you need.

“Thank you what time do you close?

“Well we close to the public a 4pm but you can stay until say six o’clock.”

“That should be enough time to do our research but if not we can always come back.”

“Of course professor, not a problem at all; just do what you have to do.”

“Who are you because I will tell the dean of the university that you were most helpful?

“Keith Berry.”

“Thank you Mr Berry you have been most co-operative.”

If you need any assistance please let me know. “

“Well there is something that you could do to help.”

“Anything professor, just ask.”

Could you keep the public away from the abbey for an hour or so until we finish our research?

“No problem professor; just leave it to me.”

Robert walked through the gate and Robert junior looked all around it then moved on.

“That was a very smart move Da’ said James.”

“Well the stone isn’t inside of the gates said Robert so they headed off to the abbey Robert checked every brick for about two hours.

How tall was grandfather?

“I guess about five feet eleven.”

“So we will say seven feet if he reached up to place something in a hole. Look for loose stone but tell me if you see anything don’t remove it or the whole building could fall on top of you. Slowly they searched the area in a grid formation until they came to an archway above it was a crest above it was a cross.

I’ve found it shouted Robert Junior.

His father ran with his wife and James to where Robert was standing. They looked around but couldn’t see anything until Robert pointed it out.

About six feet on the right hand side of the archway was what looked like a loose stone. Robert reached up and removed the stone then felt inside.

He felt something and grabbed it and pulled it out.

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