Information supplied by John Cairns Townsend's descendants:

His descendants knew that he had run away from home as a boy to join the Seaforth Highlanders, and they had made various attempts to trace his family over the decades, all unsuccessful. (They were looking for a Townsend).

The legends passed down from JCT's widow and daughters (all now dead) to his grandchildren, as far as any of them could remember after so much time, were as follows:

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