My name is Tom Wilson, my wife's name is June, we do not have a family and we live in the historic town of Stirling, in Central Scotland.
As for work I am a motor mechanic, this I have done since I left school, except for a break of 6 years, when I had my own business. From now on the subject of work is forbidden.
What am I interested in, apart from amateur radio? Well since about 1993 I have
been building up a family tree, this I have found really fascinating. As
yet I have not found any famous people, notorious characters or
skeletons in the cupboard. The most interesting person I found
was a distant relative, Captain John Robert
Wilson, who served in the Royal Flying Corps in the First World
War, he was killed in action in 1917, but he left behind a diary,
which was quite small and he had written in pencil. With a lot of patience I
have now transcribed it. I only found out about the diary when talking to an old
Aunt who had it in a box in her loft. At at this stage we did not even know who had
written the diary, all I had was the initials at the bottom of the sketch. This was a branch of the family
that was known of, but nothing was known about, and as I
eventually discovered, had a sad ending. John Robert Wilson was
the oldest of three sons, he was killed in action in France, and
his parents and his 2 brothers all died of tuberculosis in the
1920's in Aberdeen. The diary is now with the Royal Air Force
Museum at Hendon in London. To whom goes my thanks for the help
Building your family tree is a very time consuming pastime, and the furthest back I have got, so far, is 1801, on my fathers side of the family. They were gamekeepers from the Island of Bute, which is in the Clyde estuary. My late father was the last in a line of 7 generations of gamekeepers that we know of. My mothers side, we believe came from Ireland, in the mid 1800's, to Glasgow, and they worked mostly in the shipyards on the Clyde, but I have a lot more work to do on that side of the family.
What else do I do to relax, apart from Ham Radio and building a family tree? I enjoy gardening. We do not have a large garden here, but it is still enjoyable. When we bought this house it had just been built so the garden was a bit of a mess. A builders yard would probably describe it best. We moved in at the end of November 1995, so it wasn't possible to do much until the spring. Mostly it has been "try it and see", if it works then good, if not then try something different. The first thing I did was put up a garden shed then a patio. Building the patio proved to be a good move, as that first summer we had very good weather and quite a few barbecues, and as many hangovers, another thing we enjoy is a glass of wine.
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