Chapter 175 – Psalm of David

The early morning sea breeze dries out our sodden hair and clothes. The reality of our perilous situation hits home when Arabella, my daughter, stirs from her slumber.Arabella rubs her eyes, untangling herself from her younger brothers, Adair and Lewis, and looks across the sea. My inquisitive daughter turns her head and smiles with the … Continue reading Chapter 175 – Psalm of David

Chapter 169 – Doon The Watter

Thompson & French's Glasgow's and Edinburgh's office staff have renewed vigour, clear direction and inspiring confidence. My expansion into England is on hold; however, I am developing a team to take on this future challenge. The surveillance of England continues with a further trip south planned on my return.Our carriage arrives at Broomielaw Street, and … Continue reading Chapter 169 – Doon The Watter

Chapter 168 – Focussing The Mind

Margaret Scott and I are planning out the new floor of Thompson & French, “My vision will create different floors dedicated to the sequential stages of contract delivery.”Margaret paces, absorbing every corner and facet; as if drawing the floor into her brain. “We now own this building?”“Yes.”“And I can do anything I want with this?”“Yes. … Continue reading Chapter 168 – Focussing The Mind

Chapter 167 – Margaret Macquarrie Scott

The best part of my job is getting told things you already know. Anne alerted me to Margaret Scott’s new appointment to run the Dean of Guild Contract during our morning briefing.I walk out into the office and walk over towards Margaret’s desk. Margaret was brought up in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, and has an artistic, creative … Continue reading Chapter 167 – Margaret Macquarrie Scott

Chapter 166 – Hope Street, Headquarters

The following morning I take the train into Glasgow and enjoy the walk up Hope Street. In the office reception, Anne, our receptionist, is in deep conversation with one of the cartographers. The discussion ends abruptly, but I am sure I hear ‘Mary’ mentioned in the final phrase.“Good morning.”, I said.Margaret, one of Thompson & … Continue reading Chapter 166 – Hope Street, Headquarters