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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The telephone rang on the twenty seventh floor of the Red Road Tower block in Scotland near Cardow Road. It was 1968 and the newly built tower blocks housed around one hundred and twenty families. Robert Hugh McCreadie had moved from the Gorbal’s in Glasgow a notorious slum area with his wife Patricia and their two sons Robert Junior and James the younger by a year. Both of his sons were bright and had gone to St Martha’s primary school.

After passing the eleven plus examination both qualified for Paisley Grammar School. Robert went on to university to study geology and James studied history and got a job as a school teacher. Robert was now twenty two and James twenty one.

Neither was married but had girls that they took out when their studies permitted.

Robert picked up the black bone shaped phone from the cradle and asked who was speaking.

“Hello, this is Albert Robinson QC from Shaw and Kerr Solicitors. Could I ask your full name please?”

“Robert Hugh McCreadie, What’s this about?”

“If you can just bare with me for a moment I will tell you sir.”

Was your father called Robert?

“Yes but.”

Robert never got the chance to say that he’d never seen his father for fifty years.

“Do you have a brother called Allan James?

“Yes, but he was killed in the Second World War.”

“Was he married?

“No he was only twenty four.”

“I’m sorry to hear that Mr McCreadie but I have been given the job of disposing of your fathers will and I was wondering if you could come down to London tomorrow afternoon. We have assets that will of benefit to you.”

“When did my father die?

“From what we gather it was some two weeks ago sir.”

“Do you know how he died?

“Yes, it was heart failure, but given that your father was ninety one years of age he had a very good innings if you will permit me to say.”

“Yes, he did; didn’t he?”

“So can I count on you being here tomorrow then Mr McCreadie?

“Yes I will be there; can you give me the details please.”

Albert Robinson relayed the information then wished Robert good day.”

Robert placed the phone back into the cradle and flopped down in the chair.

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