Meet my Grandfather: William James Aitken Loughlin

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With the help of TripleD, I made an enormous discovery this weekend while researching my family tree.

I was recently under the impression that my grandfather (William James Aitken Loughlin, b. 1911 Renfrewshire Scotland; d. 1986 Cheshire England) was a bigamist. A couple of years ago I found a record in the National Archives of Scotland that dated my grandparents divorce in 1959 but today I discovered that year was wrong. TripleD and I were looking through previously viewed images on Scotland’s People and noticed that there was a “record of correction” on my grandparents marriage certificate, so I added some credits to my account and found that my grandparents divorced on 20th November 1948, before my grandfather got married to his second wife (Florence Rowlands b. 1915, d. September 2013) the following year in 1949.

The story I grew up with is much different. Whenever I asked my Nana about a Papa she would distract and evade but my wee Mammy was under the impression he died during the war, but not because of the war, until of course he showed up at his son’s (William Alan Loughlin b. 6 December 1939 Glasgow, d. 17 August 1961 Singapore) funeral in the early 1960s. I’m told his presence from beyond the grave shocked a few, including my uncle Alan’s fiancĂ©e (Helen Robertson Grigor b. abt 1939 Glasgow).

I was taking a wee break from the auld family research because it’s not cheap, but then a long-lost uncle got in touch, the eldest of two brothers from my grandfather’s second marriage. Can you believe it? He sent me the photograph below, which allowed me to name the man in the photograph above as my grandfather. I love genealogy, it’s like being Sherlock Holmes but without the imminent threat of a crime.

The Loughlin Family (from Renfrewshire, Scotland)

The Loughlin Family (from Renfrewshire, Scotland)

I believe the two auld dears (pictured above) on the bottom right are my great-grandparents. (William Loughlin b. 9 April 1881 Linwood, Renfrewshire, Scotland; d. unknown) & (Annie Aitken b. abt 1886 Strathmiglo, Fife, Scotland; d. unknown)

I wonder if my long-lost uncle looks like my dearly departed Uncle Alan?

Uncle Alan (William Alan Loughlin b. 6 December 1939 Glasgow, Scotland; d. 17 August 1961 near RAF Tengah, Singapore)

Uncle Alan (William Alan Loughlin b. 6 December 1939 Glasgow, Scotland; d. 17 August 1961 near RAF Tengah, Singapore)

Uncle Alan (William Alan Loughlin b. 6 December 1939 Glasgow, Scotland; d. 17 August 1961 near RAF Tengah, Singapore)

Uncle Alan (William Alan Loughlin b. 6 December 1939 Glasgow, Scotland; d. 17 August 1961 near RAF Tengah, Singapore)

Uncle Alan (William Alan Loughlin b. 6 December 1939 Glasgow, Scotland; d. 17 August 1961 near RAF Tengah, Singapore)

Uncle Alan (William Alan Loughlin b. 6 December 1939 Glasgow, Scotland; d. 17 August 1961 near RAF Tengah, Singapore)

Unfortunately I still haven’t discovered the reasons for the lies, but I will, because the divorce records are in the National Archives of Scotland. My Nana said my birth was an omen, I’m beginning to wonder what I was a warning for…