Imagine my shock on receiving my great great great great grandfather’s death certificate to find that he had hung himself. According to the certificate he had ‘hung himself with a hempen cord in his own dwelling house being lunatic’. He was a joiner and there had been no sign in the census of anything untoward.
John and Janet Scoular were my 3 x great grandparents who arrived in Australia in November 1853. They were also my first cousins five times removed as their fathers, James and Gavin were brothers.