Alexander Reid’s father, my great grandfather, worked for a firm of blacksmiths called Thomsons. He was a Thomsons man through and through and liked inventing things. He would design his products by drawing on the slate kitchen floor and woe betide anyone who washed it before he had finished.
One of his inventions earned a five shilling bonus in his Christmas wage packet. The “Tumbling Tam”, an hour glass shaped construction which enabled machine parts to be transported from the upstairs floor to the downstairs, saved immense time (and money) for the firm of Thompsons.