GREENOCK TELEGRAPH AND CLYDE SHIPPING GAZETTE 11 AUGUST 1892
CASE OF ELOPEMENT IN THE SHANDON DISTRICT
Some little sensation has been created in the Gareloch district by the elopement of a young working-man’s wife with her cousin.
It appears that a gardener named Thomson and his wife, residing in the Shandon district, were recently visited by Thomas Barr, an engineer, lately returned from China, and who is a cousin of Mrs Thomson’s. While ostensibly making a friendly stay of eight days, Barr succeeded in ingratiating himself with his cousin as to induce her to elope with him on Monday, Mrs Thomson on the day in question being supposed to be on a visit to her father’s house in Helensburgh.
When the fact became know that Barr and Mrs Thomson had disappeared together, inquiry was made at the young man’s parents, who reside in Govan, and the information was elicited that Barr has taken train for London, and the supposition is that Mrs Thomson has gone with him.
Much sympathy is felt for Thomson, who has taken very much to heart the desertion by his wife. The levanting wife leaves a child behind.