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Alexander Downie

Postby cathyannwilson » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:20 pm

I am trying to find more information about my great great grandfather Alexander Downie born 31 Mar 1872 in Scone Perth - He was said to have embezzled money whilst he was an insurance agent and then left his family for america or canada. I am having difficulty finding information about this supposed embezzlement. He was meant to have been an insurance agent in and embezzled the money between 1922 - 1938 - any help with how to find documents relating to this i would be very greatfull for
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RE: Alexander Downie

Postby paulberyl » Sun Nov 23, 2008 3:13 am


If he embezzled money and left his family to go to North America I am assuming that he fled the country to escape punishment and therefore there are no court records (although you could try the local records office). If this is the case the best source of information will be local newspapers although if you do not know dates it will be a long hard search. (If he had his own business you could try local trade directories to see if he was listed and if so when he stopped being listed which may tie down the period during which he left the country).

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RE: Alexander Downie

Postby keldon » Sun Nov 23, 2008 3:26 pm

Have you tried the Scotsman's archive (pay site)?

I typed in "Alexander Downie" in quotes for the period 1930 and 1950 and there's one article in 1933 on a "Lochgelly British Legion Official" involved in embezzlement.
May be worth trying this and other variations of his name.

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RE: Alexander Downie

Postby cathyannwilson » Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:16 pm

Thank you all for you help. I looked at the article on the embezzlement charge and it does look like it might be the right Alexander Downie, as i know his wife Margaret ended up in Murthly Asylum where she died in 1938, and in the article it talks about the state of his wife's health.
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RE: Alexander Downie

Postby colliehouse » Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:13 am

There is a website for Lochgelly. [link=][/link]
It is run by Ian Fraser who seems to have spent most of his working life in newspapers. It might be worth having a look on the website because although it is mostly modern stuff someone on there may be able to help you with some more information.
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