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John Ritchie Findlay
(21 Oct 1824 – 16 Oct 1898)

The coming man

The made man – Scotsman director/proprietor (1868-1898) – middle years

The made man – Scotsman director/proprietor (1868-1898) – later years

As Churchill once remarked, "We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us", and perhaps we can see this effect at work on John Ritchie Findlay...

Town house, 3 Rothesay Terrace, Edinburgh

Country house, Aberlour, Banffshire 1934

The estate (or part of it), in recent times (now Moray rather than Banffshire)

With wife and all ten children on the steps of Aberlour House

With wife, children and grandchildren somewhere on the estate
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Amidst the welter of family, commerce, civic responsibility, charitable and philanthropic benevolence, how could he possibly find time for anything less hectic? Well, he apparently could. The excellent Catherine W Reilly has found further evidence of the poetic gene in the Ritchie/Findlay DNA, though I can't yet locate a convincing internet source of its privately-circulated expression.

Click here to view the pdf.