Bible returned to family after 151 years – BBC News

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A 151-year-old Bible has been came back to the Scottish descendants of its authentic owner after making a 3, five hundred mile journey from the US.

The book was came back after American owner Marshall Whitehead decided to track down the family of the unique owner.

It was ultimately handed to Donald Mackechnie, sixty six, at his home in Glasgow.

The Bible acquired originally belonged to the great-grandfather associated with Mr Mackechnie’s grandmother.

Mr Whitehead, who was gifted the particular pocket-sized book in 2001 simply by an amateur Bible collector through Cleveland, Ohio, had rediscovered this when moving home in May.

Noting that the Bible weary the name Alexander MacDonald of Inverness with the date 1 January, 1866, he decided to track down the descendants of Mr MacDonald, who was created in 1825 and worked being a ship master, wine merchant plus grocer.

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Image caption Mr Mackechnie was amazed when a stranger resulted in at his door to hand your pet the Bible

After contacting Highland Authorities, he was put in touch along with Anne Fraser, a historian in the Highland Archive Centre who developed MacDonald family tree.

Mr Whitehead then used social networking to track down Mr Mackechnie’s daughter Mairi in Glasgow, who alerted the girl Islay-raised father.

The particular Bible, which had a four-leaf clover tucked within its pages, has been hand-delivered to Mr Mackechnie simply by Alistair Begg, a pastor on Mr Whitehead’s church in Kansas who is originally from Glasgow plus was visiting relatives in the town last month.

‘Shock and surprise’

Mr Mackechnie, clerk to the panel at St Columba Gaelic Chapel of Scotland in Glasgow, mentioned: “There was a knock on the doorway one day and this chap was standing up there.

“I nearly fell on the floor when he described what he was giving me personally. I could not believe it, it was such a surprise and a surprise.

“The whole family are delighted plus over the moon to receive his earlier unheard of family heirloom.

“It does not even enter your face that this kind of thing could actually happen – it is quite amazing. inch

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Picture caption The Bible a new four-leafed clover tucked inside
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Image caption Mr Whitehead used the original Bible owner’s title to track down his descendents

Mr Mackechnie, the retired mechanical design draftsman, mentioned the story of the Bible’s return to Scotland is “fascinating and shows you may still find kind people in the world”.

Mr Whitehead, who find the book from a collection of more than one hundred, said he believes it is not the coincidence that it has been returned towards the family of the original owner.

“I am very pleased that this souvenir treasure of the MacDonald family, positioned in Cleveland, Ohio, was safely came back to Mr MacDonald’s native homeland, ” he said.

“It would not have happened if this had not been for the tireless effort associated with Anne Fraser and the kind thoughtful act of my senior pastor, Alistair Begg. ”