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11 August 2017


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Fascinating. I read somewhere a long time ago that Maclay's grandfather was originally a Scot who fled to Russia after the Battle of Culloden (as was Norwegian composer Greig's maternal grandfather). Is that true?

"By all accounts, the Scottish lineage is a legend that (like many others) Nicolas didn't want to disprove. No documents exist proving it. Generally, the exact story of Maclay remains unclear" - Wikipeda

That fascinating Russian - apart from the great work in recording the lives of the people at that time, he brought cattle (male and female) on his second trip and they broke down the fence that the locals built and escaped to the bushes.....

Thank you very much for this fascinating history Sir Peter. There's a lots of history in PNG that needs to be preserved and revered.

I love reading stories like this which link us through historical figures of other countries and offer us a view of how we fit into world history.

I recently visited Vailima Estate in Apia Samoa, the home of Robert Louis Stevenson (poet and author of Treasure Island and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) until his death.

It was a special privilege walking around the restored family home and into his study, where I could picture him creating his masterpieces.

I have yet to post a story on that adventure.

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